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!
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Here’s a pretty awesome flash mob performing “Ode to Joy”.
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