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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000054.txt from 1999/01

From: pollyg@-----. Gulakowski)
Subj: [kl] Re: Beethoven - religious- Ode to Joy - not!
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 08:35:51 -0500

It may not be what Beethoven wrote, but I'll betcha more people recognize
it as Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (text by Henry van Dyke long after
Beethoven's death) than as Ode to Joy. I'm not sure how well it would go
with clarinet and bassoon (my son does a jazz trumpet arrangement of it,
though!). My choir has a 3 part piece that has a psalm text written to a
Beethoven canon. It's a fun piece and we love it, but it doesn't sound
particularly "sacred" until you put the words to it. I'll look up what
work it is when I go to church this a.m. and post it later. All of which
brings me to my suggestion. Take a look at sacred VOCAL duets for low
and medium voice, pick a liturgical one and transpose the treble. There
are tons of books out there at the larger music stores - Volkwein's and
Musik Innovations in the Pittsburgh, PA area for instance.
I transcribed a clarinet field warm-up from a women's barbershop quartet
vocal piece. The voicing is very appropriate for clarinet.

Happy Epiphany - for the liturgical - and Happy New Year, everyone!
Paulette

On Sun, 03 Jan 1999 08:08:34 -0500 David Blumberg <reedman@-----.com>
writes:
>Ed Lacy wrote about Beethoven:
>In many cases, perhaps most cases, this certainly is true. However,
>for
>me it is not true regarding these duets. They are very early works,
>and
>do not even have opus numbers,
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>Ed Lacy
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>I watched the NJ., Symphony perform Beethoven's 9th Sym, New Years
>eve, and
>the subtitles were broadcast on TV.
>Hmmmmmmmm, ode to joy is talking about a mythical character - not very
>religious in the least (at least not by a Christian standpoint). Yet
>I'm
>sure that it is performed in churches quite a bit as a hymn. Not what
>Beethoven wrote.

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>David Blumberg
>reedman@-----.com
>http://www.sneezy.org/david_blumberg/
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