Changing the existing standards and conventions, permeating them with his personality and inexhaustible imagination, faced with the progressing deafness, his expression moves toward ever-increasing dramatics, and the struggle for life seems to experience its final victory, its triumph, and its boost in this work that celebrates humanity. In the opening of the last movement of The Ninth, a kind of symphony within the symphony, there is something unheard-of, human voices singing Schiller's Ode to Joy. Beethoven had carried Schiller's text with him for thirty years before he set it to music when it finally emerged in an almost religious rapture of the grand finale of his Symphony. The closing with trumpet fanfares, which Wagner called Schrekens-fanfare (fanfare of horror), is the ingenious moment of drama representing a milestone in the history of music. This noise, this crash, leads to the release of the hymnic melody and the celebration of the final movement, which to this day symbolizes the highest moral and social values of the Western world.