Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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  • (Posted 2019-09-07)  CPDL #55280:  Network.png MuseScore and PDF formats
Editor: Jes Wagner (submitted 2019-09-07).   Score information: A4, 56 pages, 1.66 MB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Final (fourth) movement. Basic score was compiled and transcribed by hmscomp on using arrangements by Ernst Pauer and Franz Liszt. This version of the score has been aligned with the original orchestra score.
  • (Posted 2019-06-12)  CPDL #54535:         
Editor: Ariel Barton (submitted 2019-06-12).   Score information: Letter, 41 pages, 667 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Final (fourth) movement, choral parts only. Pages 1-17 have all four parts; pages 19-22, 25-28, 31-35, and 37-41 have individual soprano, alto, tenor, and bass parts, respectively.
  • (Posted 2019-03-15)  CPDL #53581:       
Editor: St. John's College Freshman Chorus (submitted 2019-03-15).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 474 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Only the vocal section of the 4th movement, arranged for a capella 4 voices in 6/8 Bb.
  • (Posted 2016-12-21)  CPDL #37923:   
Editor: Charley Noecker (submitted 2016-12-21).   Score information: A4, 62 pages, 2.94 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original edition by Paco Marmol and Manolo Casaus, CPDL #00811. Corrected measure numbers and rehearsal lettering by C. Noecker.
  • (Posted 2000-05-04)  CPDL #00811:       
Editors: Paco Marmol and Manolo Casaus (submitted 2000-05-04).   Score information: A4, 62 pages, 3.41 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Final movement; note that bar numbers are incorrectly numbered from bar 180 onwards. Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.

General Information

Title: Symphony Nº 9 in D minor, Opus 125
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Lyricist: Friedrich Schiller

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Soloists: SATB
Genre: SecularSymphony

Language: German
Instruments: Orchestra (piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, percussion, 2 violins, violas (divisi), violoncellos and contrabasses)

First published:
Description: The chorus and soloists sing in the fourth movement only. The main theme has also been arranged as the 87.87D hymn tune ODE TO JOY.

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  1. Allegro ma non troppo e un poco maestoso
  2. Molto vivace – Presto
  3. Adagio molto e cantabile – Andante moderato
  4. Finale. Presto – Allegro assai – Allegro assai vivace (alla Marcia) – Andante maestoso – Adagio ma non troppo ma divoto – Allegro energico e sempre ben marcato – Allegro ma non tanto – Presto – Maestoso – Prestissimo

Original text and translations

German.png German text

O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!
Sondern laßt uns angenehmere anstimmen,
und freudenvollere.

Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
Tochter aus Elysium!
wir betreten feuertrunken,
himmlische, Dein Heiligtum.
Deine Zauber binden wieder,
was die Mode streng geteilt,
alle Menschen werden Brüder,
wo Dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

Wem der große Wurf gelungen,
eines Freundes Freund zu sein,
wer ein holdes Weib errungen,
mische seinen Jubel ein!
Ja, wer auch nur eine Seele
sein nennt auf dem Erdenrund!
Und wer's nie gekonnt, der stehle
weinend sich aus diesem Bund!

Freude trinken alle Wesen
an den Brüsten der Natur;
alle Guten, alle Bösen
folgen ihrer Rosenspur.
Küsse gab sie uns und Reben,
einen Freund, geprüft im Tod;
wollust ward dem Wurm gegeben,
und der Cherub steht vor Gott.

Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen
durch des Himmels prächt'gen Plan,
laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn,
freudig, wie ein Held zum Siegen.

Seid umschlungen, Millionen!
diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!
Brüder, über'm Sternenzelt
muß ein lieber Vater wohnen!

Ihr stürzt nieder, Millionen?
Ahnest du den Schöpfer, Welt?
Such' ihn über'm Sternenzelt!
Über Sternen muß er wohnen.

English.png English translation

Oh friends, not these sounds!
Let us instead strike up more pleasing
and more joyful ones!

Joy, beautiful sparkle of divinity,
daughter from Elysium,
we enter, burning with fervour,
heavenly being, your sanctuary!
Your magic brings together
what custom has sternly divided.
All men shall become brothers,
wherever your gentle wings hover.

Whoever has been lucky enough
to become a friend to a friend,
Whoever has found a beloved wife,
let him join our songs of praise!
Yes, and anyone who can call one soul
his own on this earth!
Any who cannot, let them slink away
from this gathering in tears!

Every creature drinks in joy
at nature's breast;
Good and Evil alike
follow her trail of roses.
She gives us kisses and wine,
a true friend, even in death;
Even the worm was given desire,
and the cherub stands before God.

Gladly, just as His suns hurtle
through the glorious universe,
So you, brothers, should run your course,
joyfully, like a conquering hero.

Be embraced, you millions!
This kiss is for the whole world!
Brothers, above the canopy of stars
must dwell a loving father.

Do you bow down before Him, you millions?
Do you sense your Creator, O world?
Seek Him above the canopy of stars!
He must dwell beyond the stars.

Translation by Campelli