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Ode to Joy Sheet Music

Ode to Joy is a song by Ludwig van Beethoven that appeared in his final movement of his life called the Ninth Symphony, also known as the “Choral”, a symphony for orchestra, four solo voices and a choir. “Ode to Joy” was taken from the poem written in 1785 by Friedrich Schiller and revised in 1803 with additions by the composer. The words convey a message with a strong belief in mankind. The symphony was commissioned by the Philharmonic Society of London in 1818 and completed around 1824 near the end of his life, even when Beethoven was very ill and his health in decline. During the 7 or so years it took Beethoven to create this symphony he was completely deaf and unable to hear the music he was making. It is regarded as one of his best symphonies along with the Fifth Symphony among many critics and is one of the best known works of the Western classical genre. Perhaps it is even one of the greatest pieces of music ever written. On May 7, 1824 the Ninth Symphony was premiered but the performance was lacking due to it being under-rehearsed but it was still considered a success. To this day “Ode to Joy” is still performed all over the world even after nearly two centuries! In 1972 the Council of Europe officially adopted “Ode to Joy” as its national anthem. This song is quite easy to play being that it is more a vocal piece but it is enjoyable to play nonetheless. The sheet music is inherently simple but great to perform for audiences and is very uplifting. You can find Ode to Joy sheet music here to download and use. Enjoy!

Ode to Joy Sheet Music
Ode To Joy  Sheet Music Beethoven

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 Fur Elise Sheet Music

Fur Elise sheet music (German which means “For Elise”), also known as Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor or WoO 59, is one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular¬† and recognizable piano pieces. This composition was not even published until 1867 which was around forty years after Beethoven’s death. Ludwig Nohl is the person who discovered the piece among Beethoven’s unpublished works and helped to transcribe it to the version most people know today. It was unsure whether Beethoven was to add this piece to a series of bagatelles or who “Elise” really was. This piece actually has a lot of controversy behind it. It is posited that Beethoven originally named it “Fur Therese”, which was written on the manuscript of the work, Therese being the woman Beethoven intended to marry in 1810 but to whom he was rejected by. Nohl however may have mistranscribed it as “Fur Elise” being that Beethoven’s work was difficult to read. It may also be dedicated to no one in particular which is unlikely of Beethoven or maybe perhaps even another woman. But even with all the mystery and questions about its history and meaning Fur Elise is still regarded as one of the most popular pieces for piano.¬† No longer than 4 minutes Fur Elise is really much more than a simple bagatelle. Broken down into five parts it begins with the main theme, then a major scale, back to the main theme, advancing to a more aggressive and technical part, and finally back to the main theme. Such a well known song would have been tragic if left unpublished and it is actually kind of sad that the song wasn’t even known during Beethoven’s life. At least it’s recognized now. Recommended for intermediate players. You can find Fur Elise sheet music on this page accompanied by the song to practice with. Enjoy and practice hard!

Fur Elise Sheet Music
Fur Elise Sheet Music Beethoven

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