The EU’s official composer has died

The arrangement of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy as the official European Union anthem was made in 1989 by the French composer Claude Langevin, who died on September 8 at the age of 87.

Langevin also wrote, on commission from Brussels, a Europa Sinfonia and a Symphonie Liberté.


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  • Because he composed an arrangement of the ‘official’ EU anthem, why does that make him ‘the EU’s official composer?’ Was he? Did he receive a string of onions, a pair of lederhosen and a glass of white beer as payment?

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