Beethoven Choral Fantasy for Piano, Choir and Orchestra, Op. 80

16 parts50 pages17:542 years ago2,177 views
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Timpani, Piano, Voice(4), Violin(2), Viola, Cello
(UPDATED 25/4/2018: Minor edits)

The Choral Fantasy, Op. 80, was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven as the finale of his benefit concert in 1808. His Symphony No. 5 and No. 6 was also in the programme. The composer united piano, choir and orchestra in this large-scale piece, which was an unusual combination. This piece also has similarities to the themes of his Symphony No. 9 in the finale.
I followed the recording of this piece performed by my school's choir and orchestra while transcribing this piece into Musescore. We took a faster tempo than most of the other performers of this piece (Especially in the Presto section), making the playing time just less than 18 minutes rather than the normal 19-20 minutes. I hope you will enjoy this piece!

Postscript to Beethoven's Sixteen String Quartets (and three he never composed)

4 parts1 page00:44a year ago237 views
Violin(2), Viola, Cello
This little piece for string quartet is an homage to Beethoven's sixteen masterly string quartets. The melodic line, devided over the two violins, contains the sixteen tonalities of the sixteen string quartets (F-G-D-c-A-Bb- F-e-C-Eb-f-Eb-a-Bb-c#-F). To complete this cycle in a chromatical way I added in bar 6 the three missing notes (these are the tonalities of the string quartets Beethoven never wrote). The piece breathes the atmosphere of 'Heiliger Dankgesang', op. 132.

Apart from Beethoven the piece is also a double dedication to two of my dear composing friends and colleagues in musicology: Hans Jacobi and former MuseScore member Imre Lahdelma. In January 2015 we met in Rotterdam for a nice and inspiring meeting at Muziekweb.

Für Elise, for Classical Orchestra

12 parts15 pages03:05a year ago870 views
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Timpani, Violin(2), Viola, Cello, Contrabass
WIP orchestration of Beethoven's famous piece piano piece in the style of a classical-era orchestra. Articulations and ornaments are being added, but the notes and tempo changes are pretty much complete.

Für Elise (also known as Bagatelle No. 25) was first published 1867, 40 years after Beethoven's death after a manuscript was found, dated 1810. One of his most popular compositions, the piece is known for smooth melody and relative ease for beginning piano players.

Beethoven - Triple Fuge d Moll Hess 244 (1793)

1 part4 pages03:05a year ago298 views
Piano
Please take notice of this probably little known, but brilliant and exciting triple fugue by Ludwig van Beethoven. He likely composed it when he studied with Albrechtsberger. I found this piece in a publication (1853) of Beethoven's contrapuntal studies by Von Seyfried. There is a recording on the organ by Maria Magdalena Kaczor. I think this piece can also be played with some modifications by piano/organ four hands or probably by string quartet.

Beethoven - Fuge e Moll 1793 Hess 29

3 parts6 pages03:39a year ago204 views
Violin(2), Cello
This wonderful fugue for two violins and cello can easily be read as an organ score, although it is not easy to play on the organ. There is at least one organ recording of it (Maria-Magdalena Kaczor, Aeolus). This piece is taken from Beethoven's contrapuntal studies, published by Ignaz von Seyfried. Not all the pieces in this volume are composed by Beethoven. He likely did copy some pieces to study them, without naming the original composer. This one, however, seems to be authentic. He must have composed it when he studied with Johann Georg Albrechtsberger.

Beethoven - Fugue in d minor

1 part1 page00:49a year ago205 views
Organ
The soundtrack is my own recording. I don't know if it is a world premiere, that'll be the day. I'm not even absolutely sure if this piece is by Beethoven. It was published by Ignaz von Seyfried in a collection with Beethoven's studies on counterpoint. It's not always clear which pieces in these studies are actually by Beethoven. But some pieces certainly are.

Metal Remix: Piano Sonata No. 30, Op. 109, Mvmt. 2 (Beethoven)

4 parts12 pages02:042 years ago1,065 views
Guitar(2), Bass, Percussion
Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30, Op. 109 is in E major. Some analysts believe it has only two movements (and this is merely the coda of the first movement), but others believe it has three movements. I'm with the latter.

The second movement of that piano sonata is an incredibly terse sonata-allegro in the style of a scherzo. This E minor movement resembles a demonic tarantella--perhaps that's why I've always thought that it's one of the most appropriate classical music pieces to create a heavy metal remix for. (And I generally find heavy metal remixes of classical music to be hilarious instead of awesome, so that's saying something.)

Each guitar part, including the bass, has now been labelled properly. Thanks, Timothy K Hamilton, for the help!

I apologize for how bad the electric guitars sound with Musescore's default sound font. This is why I'm generally reluctant to create metal remixes--electric guitars, even computer-generated ones, can sound so, so much better than that.

Arranging this piece for a metal band was formidable. I tried preserving as much of the original piece as possible, but I was forced to change the octave voicing of several bars because the electric guitar could not play that high. I then had to change some of the articulations and expand on several of the (rather vague) dynamics. I also had to add loads of extra chord notes to the rhythm guitar part. Oh yeah, I also had to compose the drum kit's part. I hope I did a good job with the drums.

Faith-wise, I'd say this is somewhere in between 331Erock's metal arrangements of classical music and Connor Gallagher's more reverent metal covers (such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXCNYzAyALk). This purposefully lacks the acoustic magic of Joe Parrish's metal covers (such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG--MK7VD-c)--I wanted something raw, and a bit of me can convince myself that Yngwie Malmsteen would want to shred to this.

Because I cannot take credit for composing the tune, but Beethoven's works have fallen into the public domain, I am using the CC0 license. Feel free to do nigh-anything you want with this!