Beethoven

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 the 1980s.

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.


Beethoven vocal

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.


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Ludwig van Beethoven: Mass in C major

With its tonal language of subjective avowal, the first of Beethoven’s two masses opens up new worlds of expression for the liturgical texts of the Mass which are expressly modern and point...

full score

Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa solemnis

For the new Urtext edition of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis op. 123 Carus was able to call on Ernst Herttrich, the experienced Beethoven specialist. Herttrich, who for many years has been the...

full score

Beethoven: 9th Symphony. Finale. Carus Choir Coach

Beethoven’s Ninth was hotly debated amongst listeners and music critics at first. But his setting of Schiller’s "Ode to Joy" in the final movement is now sung by classical music fans and...

Compact Disc, Practice-CD, soprano

Beethoven: Messe in C. carus music

The first of Beethoven’s two Mass settings is distinctly modern and innovative in its musical language, which is both subjective and fervent. With its dramatic alternation of vocal and...

App, itunes, Price may vary from country to country

Beethoven: Messe in C. Carus Choir Coach

The first of Beethoven’s two Mass settings is distinctly modern and innovative in its musical language, which is both subjective and fervent. With its dramatic alternation of vocal and...

Compact Disc, mp3, Practice-CD, soprano

Beethoven: Missa solemnis. carus music

Beethoven’s masterpiece is a major project for any choir, not just because of its length, but also because it contains some of the most difficult passages found in the choral repertoire. In...

App, itunes, Price may vary from country to country

Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 9. Finale. carus music

Beethoven’s Ninth was hotly debated amongst listeners and music critics at first. But his setting of Schiller’s "Ode to Joy" in the final movement is now sung by classical music fans and many...

App, itunes, Price may vary from country to country