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“Hallelujah Chorus” From Christ on the Mount of Olives: Beethoven’s First Major Choral Work

Ludwig Van Beethoven is one of the most famous classical composers of all time. He has composed numerous piano sonatas, string quartets, symphonies and choral works. His music has influenced copious musicians and composers in the generations that succeeded him.

In 1792, Beethoven moved to Vienna Austria to study with another classical master, Franz Joseph Haydn, where he studied composers and wrote a compelling number of works that showcased his growing abilities.

In 1802, Beethoven composed Christ on the Mount of Olives, which took less than three weeks and is the earliest of his three major choral works. It is a much more personal portrayal of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane than works by previous classical artists. “Welten singen Dank und Ehre”, otherwise known as “Hallelujah Chorus,” is an elegant piece that has been recorded and performed by choirs around the globe. “Hallelujah Chorus” was recorded by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and released on the album, 100 Years: Celebrating A Century Of Recording Excellence. In the video below, the Choir demonstrates their ability to perform sacred works with power and grace.