A Symphony-Cantata after Texts from the Holy Scriptures
|for||3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, organ|
|Musical Editions||Piano reduction (Urtext edition)|
|Author / Composer||Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy|
|Editor||John Michael Cooper|
|Scope||128 pages; 19 × 27 cm|
|Publisher / Producer||Bärenreiter|
|Producer No.||BA 9092-90|
For the first time the piano reduction includes Mendelssohn’s authorised version of the “Sinfonia”, based on the first edition of No. 1 for piano solo.
18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124 - Timp - Org - Str
English Text by Charles Henry Monicke as approved by the composer
Mendelssohn’s contemporaries frequently mentioned his Hymn of Praise (Lobgesang) in the same breath as Beethoven’s Ninth – and often enough viewed it as an imitation. Mendelssohn authority John Michael Cooper, in his extensive Introduction to this new Urtext edition, shows that the comparison is completely unfounded: with this work Mendelssohn created a new genre to which he gave the name “symphony-cantata”. Later he added a secular counterpart with Die Erste Walpurgisnacht.
Drawing on all relevant sources, Cooper provides a detailed account of the genesis and structure of this monumental work. Rounding off his scholarly performing edition are notes on the work’s performance, e.g. tempo, articulation and dynamics.