An die Freude

Orchestre d'Harmonie

An die Freude
Ode to Joy

Musik aus dem Finale der 9.Sinfonie, op.125 / Music from the finale of the 9th Symphony
Die Europahymne / The European Anthem

Arrangeur:
Catégorie:
Pièce de concert
Difficulté:
Oberstufe
Durée:
00:05:45
Maison d'édition:
Rundel
Format:
DIN A4
Info:
Partition + Parties
Numéro d'édition:
MVSR2356
Date de publication:
2006

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"An die Freude" can also be performed with band and choir. The additional chor parts are available separately.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is a grandiose work, in regard both to its musical substance, as well as because of the political declaration associated with this piece. The composer leaves as his legacy the sentence: “All men become brothers”. It is no wonder that Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 has been laid claim to by all political systems imaginable and has accordingly been used for their purposes. Beethoven’s Ninth surpasses everything existent to that date in scope and complexity. It would definitely go beyond the scope of this preface to appraise the grand architecture of this work. People seriously interested in this aspect can study the copious specialized literature available. Parts of the music of Symphony No. 9 have long enjoyed a life of their own. The setting to music of Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” with its simple, catchy tunes is known by many people all over the world - even though they may know nothing or only a little of the “origin” of this song or of Beethoven’s last symphony. There is no doubt that declaring “Ode to Joy” the European anthem was a wise decision that certainly corresponds to Beethoven’s political ideals. The Finale of Symphony No. 9 could be described as a combination of the serial principle (variation) and development techniques. The second musical motif (“You millions, I embrace you”) that contrasts strongly with the well-known first theme, and the complex development sections were not considered for an adaptation to the wind band. The present arrangement consequently is restricted to parts, which the listener may easily associate with the main theme of the finale (namely the European anthem). This is a legitimate approach, as “Joy, bright spark of divinity” may well boast its own story of reception by now. Thus a little sequence of variations came into existence that is based on sections that all stem from Beethoven’s Finale. However, here they were arranged in a different way - as there was the restriction to the anthem-tune.

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