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Choral Symphonies – Sheet Music & Scores

Fan of the glorious Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony? Amazingly, it wasn’t until Beethoven in the 19th Century that the choral symphony came to be! Browse our sheet music and scores, and explore the wide world of choral symphonies with Stretta Music today!

The Birth of the Choral Symphony

Beethoven’s first attempt to integrate a vocal component into his symphonic music was in 1808 with Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. This piece interestingly used a piano soloist and a choir, and even contains similar themes to the revolutionary Beethoven’s 9th Symphony of 1824. Beethoven breaks the conventions of the symphony, and the choral symphony was born.

The Development of the Choral Symphony

Beethoven’s model was very popular with many composers of the Romantic Period, due to the new creative, descriptive and narrative possibilities.

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in 1839 uses the choir to narrate, but it is still belongs firmly to the symphonic world because the orchestra plays the leading role.

Felix Mendelssohn also experimented with this new form, and described his second symphony, Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise of 1840, which uses biblical texts, as a “Symphony-Cantata”.

Franz Liszt uses a male voice choir, his “Chorus Mysticus”, at the end of Liszt’s Faust Symphony of 1854 , singing the last verses of Goethe’s original drama Faust. Here, the work is more of a “Choral Symphonic Poem”.

Gustav Mahler was a keen advocate of the choral symphony, and in two of the three Choral Symphonies by Mahler, he uses a boys’ choir.

One of the most famous British choral symphonies, and indeed one of the most popular choral symphonies to this day, is Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony of 1910, written when he was just 30 years old.

The Russian composer Alexander Scriabin uses a choir at the end of Scriabin’s Prometheus Symphony to create a mystical tension, and to increase the dramatic climax to the end the work.

Modern Choral Symphonies

Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms of 1930 departs from the typical symphonic structure, and is one through composed movement, using experimental instrumentation and the texts from three psalms.

Dmitri Shostakovich wrote three choral symphonies, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 2, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 3 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, published in 1927, 1930 and 1962, he also uses soprano and bass soloists in the 1969 Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14.

The Russian-German composer Alfred Schnittke composed two choral symphonies, Schnittke’s Symphony No. 2, St. Florian of 1979 and Schnittke’s Symphony No. 4 of 1983.

The Polish composer Henryk Mikołaj Górecki uses choir in his Choral Symphony No. 2, “Copernicus”, of 1972 and in

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of 1977 he uses soprano soloist and symphony orchestra.

Hanz Werner Henze uses choir in Henze’s Symphony No. 9 of 1997, consciously following in Beethoven’s footsteps, which is dedicated to the heroes and martyrs of the German anti-fascism movement.

The Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki uses German poems of the 19th and 20th centuries in Penderecki’s Symphony No. 8 “Songs of Transience” of 2005. Here he stretches the boundaries of the symphonic form, using 12 relatively short movements.

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Hymn of praise op. 52

Sinfonie-Kantate für drei Solostimmen (SST), gemischten Chor (SSAATB) und Orchester
Klavierauszug XL im Großdruck

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SSAATB), orchestra, organ

Piano reduction (XL format, Urtext edition)

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Hymn of Praise op. 52 MWV A 18

A Symphony-Cantata after Texts from the Holy Scriptures
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, organ

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 695978

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

A Sea Symphony

for: 2 solo voices (SBar), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 176271

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Krzysztof Penderecki

8. Sinfonie

Lieder der Vergänglichkeit für drei Soli (SMezBar), gemischten Chor (SATB) und Orchester
Musik unserer Zeit

for: 3 soloists (SMezBar), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Study score

Item no.: 681910

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Sinfonie Nr. 2 (Lobgesang) op. 52

für Soli. Chor und Orchester

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, organ

Piano reduction

Item no.: 359619

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Hymn of Praise op. 52

Symphony cantata

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SSAATB), orchestra, organ

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 279250

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie Nr. 9. op. 125 - Finale

Ode to Joy
Vocal score compatible with all available music editions

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra [piano]

Piano reduction

Item no.: 636742

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Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 2

"Resurrection"
New revised edtion based on the Critical Edition of 2010. A separate textbook with historical essays and a critical report in German and English is enclosed

for: 2 soloists (SA), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Score (with critical report)

Item no.: 579442

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 205426

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Sinfonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur op. 20

Der 1. Mai
Russische Musik der Moderne

for: Mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Study score

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Ludwig van Beethoven - Sinfonie Nr. 9  d-Moll op. 125

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Sinfonie Nr. 9 d-Moll op. 125

"Choral" für Soli, gemischten Chor und Orchester

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Study score, CD

Item no.: 173998

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Lobgesang A 18 (1840)

Symphonie-Kantate

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SSAATB), orchestra, organ

Violin 1 (orchestral part)

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Lobgesang op. 52

Sinfonie-Kantate für drei Solostimmen (SST), gemischten Chor (SSAATB) und Orchester

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SSAATB), orchestra, organ

Score

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Leonard Bernstein

Kaddish

Symphony no.3
for mixed chorus, boy's chorus, speaker, soprano and orchestra

for: Soloist (soprano), narrator, mixed choir (SATB), boys' choir, orchestra

Score

Item no.: 458271

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Hymn of Praise op. 52 MWV A 18

A Symphony-Cantata after Texts from the Holy Scriptures
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, organ

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 695976

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Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 2

4th and 5th movement

for: 2 soloists (SA), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 693115

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Alfred Schnittke

Sinfonie Nr. 2

"St. Florian"
Russische Musik der Moderne

for: Choir, orchestra

Study score

Item no.: 211418

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Antonín Dvořák

Goin' Home op. 95

aus dem Largo der Sinfonie Nr. 9 "Aus der neuen Welt"

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano [organ]

Score

Item no.: 655826

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Lobgesang B-Dur Op 52 (Sinfonie 2)

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SSAATB), orchestra, organ

Single part Bassoon 1

Item no.: 235380

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

A Sea Symphony

for: 2 solo voices (SBar), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Study score

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Hymn of Praise op. 52 MWV A 18

A Symphony-Cantata after Texts from the Holy Scriptures
Bärenreiter Urtext

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, organ

Choir score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 695979

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125

Urtext from the new Beethoven Complete Edition (G. Henle Verlag)

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 695812

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Sinfonia Antartica (Symphony No. 7)

Second Edition

for: Soloist (soprano), women's choir (SSA), orchestra

Study score

Item no.: 611572

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Antonín Dvořák

New World Symphony – Largo

Kikapust Choral Series

for: Mixed choir (SSAATTBB) a cappella

Choir score

Item no.: 148335

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Lobgesang op. 52

Sinfonie-Kantate für drei Solostimmen (SST), gemischten Chor (SSAATB) und Orchester
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for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SSAATB), orchestra, organ

Choir score

Item no.: 210810

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Gustav Mahler

Symphonie Nr. 8

"Symphonie der Tausend"
Mahler - Gesamtausgabe 8

for: Solists, boys’ choir, mixed choir, orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 124177

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Ein feste Burg

Sätze III und IV aus der Sinfonie Nr. 5 d-moll MWV N 15
Reformationssinfonie

for: Soloists, mixed choir (SATB), organ

Organ reduction

Item no.: 660620

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Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 3

5th movement: Es sungen drei Engel einen süßen Gesang

for: Soloist (alto), women's choir, boys' choir, piano

Choir score

Item no.: 746268

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Johan de Meij

Symphony No. 5 - Return to Middle Earth

for: Solo voice, mixed choir (SATB), concert band

Score, Parts

Item no.: 1011191

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Lobgegang B-Dur Op 52 (Sinfonie 2)

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SSAATB), orchestra, organ

Single part Trombone 2

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Lobgesang B-Dur Op 52 (Sinfonie 2)

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Single part Bassoon 2

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Lobgesang B-Dur Op 52 (Sinfonie 2)

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Single part Horn 1

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Lobgesang A 18 (1840)

Symphonie-Kantate

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Double bass (orchestral part)

Item no.: 235373

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonies V

Complete Edition with critical report, clothbound, Abteilung I, Band 5

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Score (hardcover, with musicological analysis)

Item no.: 776831

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Symphony No. 2 Bb major

Hymn of Praise

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Study score

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Sinfonie Nr. 2 Lobgesang op. 52 B-dur

(Urtext)

for: Soloists, mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, organ

Choir score

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Lobgesang A 18 (1840)

Symphonie-Kantate

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Viola (orchestral part)

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Lobgesang A 18 (1840)

Symphonie-Kantate

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Harmony parts (complete winds)

Item no.: 235368

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Lobgesang A 18 (1840)

Symphonie-Kantate

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SSAATB), orchestra, organ

Violin 2 (orchestral part)

Item no.: 235370

9.80 €plus shipping
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Antonín Dvořák

Heimatland schönes Land

(Largo aus Sinfonie 9 - aus der Neuen Welt)

for: Male choir, piano

Choir score

Item no.: 328471

2.25 €plus shipping
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Gustav Mahler

Im Abendrot

Adagietto aus der 5. Sinfonie

for: Mixed choir (SSSSAAAATTTTBBBB) a cappella

Score

Item no.: 491180

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Lobgesang A 18 (1840)

Symphonie-Kantate

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SSAATB), orchestra, organ

Cello (orchestral part)

Item no.: 235372

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Piano reduction (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 205427

10.50 €plus shipping
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Ludwig van Beethoven

An die Freude

Urtext (Urtextausgabe) (Urtext)

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 194085

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Study score

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Ludwig van Beethoven

An die Freude op. 125

Finalsatz der Sinfonie Nr. 9 d-Moll op. 125

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), piano

Piano reduction

Item no.: 359953

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Sinfonie Nr. 2 (Lobgesang) op. 52

Alles, was Odem hat, lobe den Herrn (Demo)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Sinfonie Nr. 2 (Lobgesang) op. 52

Choral Singing – The Easy Way to Learn. Progress through Private Practice
Choral Part Tenor

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, organ

Playback-CD (choir part tenor)

Item no.: 138380

13.80 €plus shipping
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Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 2

"Resurrection"
Based on the New Critical Complete Edition, published by International Gustav Mahler Society, Vienna

for: 2 soloists (SA), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra

Study score

Item no.: 584552

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Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 8 E flat major

Eulenburg Studienpartituren

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Study score

Item no.: 660817

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Sinfonie Nr. 2 (Lobgesang) op. 52

Alles, was Odem hat, lobe den Herrn (Demo)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Sinfonie Nr. 2 (Lobgesang) op. 52

Choral Singing – The Easy Way to Learn. Progress through Private Practice
Choral Part Bass

for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, organ

Playback-CD (Chorstimme Bass)

Item no.: 182315

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