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Ode to Joy (arr Brand)

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. Michael Brand)

General Info

Year: 1824 / 2000(?)
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: G & M Brand
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $49.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute I
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I
  • B-flat Trumpet I

Part 2

  • Flute II
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II
  • B-flat Trumpet II

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet III
  • Horn in F I

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet IV
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Horn in F II
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tuned Percussion


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ode to Joy was written in the summer of 1785 by German poet, playwright, and historian Friedrich Schiller, originally entitled Ode to Freedom. It is best known for the musical setting by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony, completed in 1824. The Council of Europe adopted it as the "Anthem of Europe" in 1972.

- Program Note from score

Performance Notes

Playable by as few as four players provided each of the four parts is covered, each 'choir' within the band -- woodwinds, saxophones, B-flat clarinets and brass -- is complete so you may use contrasting choirs for different sections for variety.

The B-flat clarinets form a separate complete choir. There are four B-flat clarinet lines, but clarinets 2, 3, and 4 are written below the break. If Part 1 is covered by flute, alto saxophone or trumpet, then clarinet 1 may be omitted.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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