|Composer Alfred V. Fedak
Price $10 (U.S.) Released 6/2015
Use Hymn accompaniment, voluntary
Difficulty Moderately easy
Catalog no. 160-679
Beethoven’s HYMN TO JOY receives a congregational hymn setting by Fedak that will prove useful for festal occasions. The music begins with an extended organ toccata as an ebullient introduction. This is followed by a straightforward but engaging organ and congregational setting that will require almost no preparation time, thus allowing for spending rehearsal time on choral anthems.
"Everyone needs an arrangement of HYMN TO Joy that is suitable for a special occasion but doesn't require lots of rehearsal time. The extended introduction will require the organist to practice, but the choir will only need a few moments to prepare for leading the second stanza, which alternates between men/low voices and women/ children/high voices. There is a soprano descant for the last stanza. Permission is granted to print all necessary parts for performance. Some hymnals treat the last line of the tune with a half note and breath, but this setting doesn't stop, just the way Beethoven wrote it." --Cross Accent, Fall/Winter 2017