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Beethoven, Ludwig van Ludwig van Beethoven
Germany Germany
(1770 - 1827)
1927 sheet music
1808 MP3
255 MIDI

Instrumentations :
› Orchestra (1) Original
› Piano solo (13)
› 1 Piano, 4 Hands (duet) (2)
› 2 pianos 4 hands (duet) (2)
› 2 pianos 8 hands (2)
› Piano and Orchestra (1)
› Organ solo (3)

Arrangers : › Beethoven, Ludwig van Original (1)
› Alvarez, Carmen (1)
› Behrens, Ralf (3)
› Bergeron, Guy (3)
› Carbo, Salvador (2)
› Christian Faivre (4)
› David, Teruel (1)

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Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Ode to Joy
Ludwig van Beethoven

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Composer :Ludwig van BeethovenBeethoven, Ludwig van (1770 - 1827)
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Arranger :Ludwig van BeethovenZisi, Matthew
Copyright :Copyright © Matthew Zisi
One of the greatest pieces of music ever written, and the greatest melody of all time, was written by a deaf German composer in 1824. Since its premiere, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy has been a favorite of audiences for its exuberance, its heroism, its triumph, and—well, might as well use the word, its joy! Such a great piece of music was certainly worthy of being sung in church, and it was only a matter of time before someone got the idea to write a hymn to the tune.

That someone (well, there may have been more than one, but the most successful in this area) was Henry van Dyke, a Presbyterian minister in New York. His famous words, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” were first published in 1911. Van Dyke was inspired to write the hymn while guest preaching at Williams College in Williamstown Massachusetts—he said the Berkshire Mountains put him in the mood. Of his purpose in writing it, van Dyke said:

“These verses are simple expressions of common Christian feelings and desires in this present time—hymns of today that may be sung together by people who know the thought of the age, and are not afraid that any truth of science will destroy religion, or any revolution on earth overthrow the kingdom of heaven. Therefore this is a hymn of trust and joy and hope.”

Needless to say, the hymn was an unqualified success which usually makes it into hymnals—though somehow, it got left out of Soul-Stirring Hymns of the Faith. Great Hymns of the Faith includes it.

This arrangement is not one of the beginner ones which so many fledgling musicians (myself included) have performed in their first concert. It is also not entirely in Beethoven’s style—Beethoven himself proved what Beethoven could do when he wrote the Ninth Symphony. Instead, this is my version of it—written hopefully with God’s help. I tried to make it grand and really bring out the joy, much like Beethoven did—only, all you need to perform this version is a piano. I hope that one day, this arrangement brings joy to your church, somewhere out there. Enjoy!
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Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee and Nine Other Classical Hymns

Nothing that exists is more worthy of praise than God, so it follows that he is deserving of our best music. Unsurprisingly, many pieces by the greatest composers of all-time appear throughout our hymnals. Not all of these were Christians, though several were—Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel, and Felix Mendelssohn, for instance. Saved or not, none of these composers would have been able to do what they did were it not for a special gift from God in the area of music. It’s only natural, then, that we should use their pieces when we’re praising God.
My approach to arranging these hymns has been varied. Some, I’ve tried to do in the composer’s style—May the Grace of Christ Our Savior; Rise, Crowned with Light; O Sacred Head, Now Wounded; and the Mozart ones (which aren’t quite as good, I’m afraid). In Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken, I didn’t bother to try to copy Haydn at all, as he already wrote his own piano variations on it—this one is in my style. Not Worthy, Lord, and Holy Ghost, with Light Divine, are more in my style. Still others are, I think, hybrids. I didn’t bother to try to copy Beethoven on Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (how could any composer top what he did with it in the Ninth Symphony), but I think some of his influence slipped in on the third statement of the theme. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night is probably more in Mozart or Beethoven’s style than Handel’s, as I was looking at their variations on other pieces when arranging it.
Now, there are far more than ten hymns by classical composers out there, but these are the ones I wound up picking for this edition. Whether you play classical music all the time, or whether you have little experience with it, I hope you enjoy these arrangements and that they bring God glory, as Bach always wrote at the end of his pieces. And if you like these, be sure to check out the other works of Beethoven, of Tchaikovsky, of Gottschalk—of any of these composers. After all, these men spent their whole lives writing music, and what you see here is only the tip of the iceberg. Enjoy!

Sheet music list :
› Fugue on O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
› Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
› His Matchless Worth
› Holy Ghost, with Light Divine
› Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
› Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
› May the Grace of Christ Our Savior
› Not Worthy, Lord!
› Rise, Crowned with Light
› While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

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