Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

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Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

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This arrangement treats the famous melody in a novel fashion with mild dissonances and unanticipated harmonic progressions. The solid yet subdued piano accompaniment aides the novelty of the work, but for those who wish for a most bombastic accompaniment, a chamber orchestra version is also available. Released for the 2015/2016 Youth Cue Festivals.

Reproducible instrumental parts include: Flute I and II, Oboe, Clarinet I and II in B-flat, Bassoon, Percussion, Timpani, Violin I and II, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass

Part of the Youth Cue Series.

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Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
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This enjoyable hymn arrangement from the YouthCUE anthem series, is full of variety: beginning with a simple unison statement of two verses, utilizing an original rhythm (m20) that Beethoven penned for this theme in his Symphony #9 (but rarely seen in the hymn), embellishing the melody within the 4-part 3rd verse, and transitioning to a final verse with added harmonic interest and an ending in a grand classical style.

All these work to make this a highly recommended piece for general worship or for celebratory use. This arrangement is highly recommended and accessible to most experienced youth and adult choirs and should be enjoyable to perform.

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Fresh treatment of a beloved hymn, appropriate for youth or adult choirs.
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