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Ode to Joy (arr Barrett)

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. Roland Barrett)


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Year: 1824 / 1965 / 1995
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Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony and choir
Publisher: Matrix Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


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The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, is a choral symphony, the final complete symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, composed between 1822 and 1824. It was first performed in Vienna on 7 May 1824. The symphony is regarded by many critics and musicologists as Beethoven's greatest work and one of the supreme achievements in the history of music. One of the best-known works in common practice music, it stands as one of the most performed symphonies in the world.

The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony. The words are sung during the final (4th) movement of the symphony by four vocal soloists and a chorus. They were taken from the Ode to Joy, a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785 and revised in 1803, with text additions made by Beethoven.

The choral finale is Beethoven's musical representation of universal brotherhood based on the Ode to Joy theme and is in theme and variations form.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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