Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (Ode To Joy Beethoven) is an instrumental hymn created especially as a wedding recessional or processional song, and is the final movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. As originally composed, it's a glorious and exultant piece for orchestra and choir. "Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee" is here arranged for full orchestra and pipe organ. In the original context, the familiar theme is somewhat buried in Beethoven's work, but here the music begins directly on the familiar and triumphant theme, making it ideal as a wedding recessional or processional, grand and celebrational.
Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (Ode To Joy Beethoven) Lyrics:
Joyful, joyful we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love!
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!
All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays!
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow - flashing sea!
Chanting bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed;
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine!
Mortals join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife!
Joyful music leads us Sonward in the triumph song of life!
from Wedding Hymns
released August 14, 2011
Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (Ode To Joy Beethoven) was produced and arranged by Steve Millikan ©2010 Weedom & Reap/ASCAP/All Rights Reserved
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