Beethoven Translation

March 31st, 2011

From Chorister Mary:  Five years ago members of the NOVA Chorus sang the choral movement of the Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the Alexandria Symphony.  The attached two-page document was distributed to the chorus, and contains a translation of Friedrich Schiller’s poem, on which Beethoven’s libretto is based, and also a word-by-word translation which I find especially helpful.  There is also a short explanation of how Beethoven decided he needed additional text to make a transition to Schiller’s poem.

The last line of the first page was cut off so the English translation is missing. Perhaps someone with knowledge of German could fill that in for us.


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