Beethoven – Choral Fantasy


A reduced orchestration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in C minor, Op. 80 for Solo Piano, Orchestra & Chorus.

Scored for:

1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet in Bb, 1 bassoon, 1 French horn in F, 1 trumpet in Bb, timpani, strings, chorus (SATB) and soloists (2 sopranos, alto, 2 tenors, 1 bass).  Solo vocal parts can also be sung by individual members of the chorus or by the full chorus.

Please note, the vocal score in (with piano reduction) included here is the Breitkopf & Härtel, 1915 edition freely downloadable from and which is fully compatible with this orchestral reduction.

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Instrumental Parts:

Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy was written for a benefit concert in 1808 which included first performances of his Mass in C and the Piano Concerto No 4 and was intended to be the grand finale, involving all the performers from those pieces.  It sets a text similar to one by Schiller (who wrote the text of the Ode of Joy of the Ninth Symphony) and is considered, in many ways, a precursor to that work.


Category: Beethoven