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ANNOUNCING! ODE TO JOY by Ludwig van Beethoven now in a Chord/Melody format . . . perfect for entry level soloists

September 29, 2014

Another excellent starter piece in this collection


ode complete

What do we know about “Ode To Joy”? . . . Here’s what we learn from Wikipedia:

Ode to Joy” (German: “An die Freude”, first line: “Freude, schöner Götterfunken”) is an ode written in the summer of 1785 by German poet, playwright and historian Friedrich Schiller and published the following year in Thalia. A slightly revised version appeared in 1808, changing two lines of the first and omitting the last stanza.

It is best known for its use by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony, which does not set the entire poem and reorders some sections (Beethoven’s text is given in that article). Beethoven’s tune[1] (but not Schiller’s words) was adopted as the Anthem of Europe by the Council of Europe in 1972, and subsequently the European Union.

In arranging this piece, I originally did it as a fingerpicking arrangement with flowing 8th note arpeggios…

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