Bundeslied Op. 122 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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  • (Posted 2017-07-07)  CPDL #45300:   
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2017-07-07).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 281 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: This is an SAB arrangement from the SSA original; the pitch was dropped and the Alto was brought down an octave for the Baritones
  • (Posted 2016-12-09)  CPDL #42222:   
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2016-12-09).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 270 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: This performance edition cuts several verses, 8 repetitive measures from the interludes, and telescopes the coda. It also provides a piano score and lyrics in English as well as the original German.

General Information

Title: Bundeslied Op. 122
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Lyricist: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularLied

Language: German
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1825
Description: Original for unspecified 3-part choir but can be done with any mixture of voices.

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

In allen guten Stunden,
erhöht von Lieb´ und Wein,
soll dieses Lied verbunden
von uns gesungen sein!

Uns hält der Gott zusammen,
der uns hieher gebracht,
erneuert unsre Flammen,
er hat sie angefacht.

Uns hat ein Gott gesegnet
mit freiem Lebensblick
und alles, was begegnet,
erneuert unser Glück.

Durch Grillen nicht gedränget,
verknickt sich keine Lust;
durch Zieren nicht geenget,
schlägt freier uns´re Brust.

Mit jedem Schritt wird weiter
die rasche Lebensbahn
und heiter, immer heiter
steigt unser Blick hinan.

Uns wird es nimmer bange,
wenn alles steigt und fällt
und bleiben lange, lange,
auf ewig so gesellt.