Category: Composer Portraits for Young Students
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Heavens are Telling
Die Himmel rühmen (German title)
"Die Himmel rühmen des Ewigen Ehre" (The heavens praise the glory of the Eternal), Op. 48/4, is a composition for voice and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, setting the beginning of Christian Fürchtegott Gellert's poem "Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur" (The glory of God from nature), a paraphrase of Psalm 19. Beethoven composed it as part of a collection of lieder on texts by Gelllert, which was published in 1803, known as Gellert Lieder. "Die Himmel rühmen des Ewigen Ehre" became famous in arrangements for choir, "Die Himmel rühmen!" by Joseph Dantonello and "The Heavens are Telling" by Virgil Thomson.
Performed by the Gaehler Ensemble
The arrangement for string ensemble & organ or piano ad libitum
by Kerstin Wartberg can be downloaded here.