With their extensive forces and complex parts, the performance of Beethoven's choral-symphonic works is hugely demanding for many choirs. For the major Beethoven anniversary in 2020 Carus is therefore expanding the repertoire of works available for mixed choirs.
The Choral Collection Beethoven contains especially attractive arrangements of Beethoven’s music from three centuries. Contents include the choral-symphonic repertoire in versions with piano accompaniment, some lesser-known unaccompanied works, and some seldom-performed works, such as pieces from his incidental music. During his lifetime Beethoven was so admired that contemporaries arranged his music – mainly the well-known instrumental works – for chorus. Some of these choral works were even performed at Beethoven’s own funeral. Subsequent generations of composers have also immersed themselves in Beethoven’s output. In addition, for the anniversary Carus has commissioned choral arrangements of Beethoven’s works from several contemporary composers.
The Choral Collection Beethoven contains around 40 secular and sacred choral movements in a wide range of styles. Editor Jan Schumacher has created an indispensable resource with the Beethoven Choral Collection, particularly for amateur choirs, but the edition is also suitable for vocal ensembles and chamber choirs. Guaranteed enjoyment of Beethoven’s music well beyond the anniversary year.