Choral music by Ludwig van Beethoven
In 2020 the music world will celebrate the
anniversary of one of the most influential composers in the history of music:
Ludwig van Beethoven. Many of his compositions are seminal works which have had
a lasting influence on subsequent generations of artists. With the inclusion of
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as the very first composition in its "Memory of the
World" World Heritage List, UNESCO has paid homage to this outstanding artistic
personality at the beginning of the 21st century. The instrumental version of
the last movement was officially adopted as the anthem of the European Union in
Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020 will be an
occasion for orchestras and choirs throughout the world to perform this famous
work. Beethoven himself regarded his Missa solemnis as his most important work.
And he held his earlier setting of the mass, the Mass in C major, in high
regard throughout his career. The work reveals a wealth of expression in the
liturgical text which looked far beyond Beethoven’s time.
With the Beethoven vocal project, Carus-Verlag is making accessible Beethoven’s choral music. The two masses are available in modern Urtext editions, and for the final movement of the 9th Symphony a practical performing vocal score has been newly arranged. During 2018/19 many other choral works, including a Beethoven choral collection and his only oratorio "Christus am Ölberge", will expand our vocal program for the anniversary. We offer practical support for rehearsing these major works with our practice CDs in the Carus Choir Coach series, and carus music, the choir app.