Monday, August 14, 2017

Beethoven's "The Heavens Are Declaring", from another work?

On Sunday, August 13, 2017 the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC performed an anthem by Ludwig van Beethoven, “The Heavens Are Declaring”,  in C Major, with Lon Schreiber directing the Chancel Choir and soloists Kelly Curtin and Aurelio Dominguez.

I cannot find an opus number for the work or any indication that it is extracted from a larger choral work.  The most definitive reference is here

Later Schreiber played an independent Scherzo by Beethoven, not obviously extracted from any larger work (Sonata or Symphony), no opus number.

But both pieces are familiar to my ear, even since boyhood.

By comparison, Haydn's "The Heavens Are Telling" does come "The Creation". 

The First Baptist Church has been offering breakfast Sunday mornings in August for the “Faith in Action” series of common Sunday school lessons.  The teacher had been to Charlottesville Saturday.

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