Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix
St. Paul op. 36
Edition no.
BA 9071-91
Volume / Series
Cooper, John Michael
Language(s) of work
German, English
Language(s) of text
German, English
Product format
Choral score, Urtext edition
Mixed choir (SATB)
Pages / Format
III, 113 S. - 27,0 x 19,0 cm
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy completed his first oratorio – St. Paul , op. 36 – in 1836, at the age of twenty-seven.

The first version, which was premiered on 22 May 1836, was then extensively revised by the composer. This second version, which at the same time served as the basis for the published version, was premiered as early as October that year in Birmingham . The acclaim with which the oratorio was received was exceptional. Within eighteen months of completing the score, Mendelssohn was able to list fifty performances of the work. Robert Schumann praised the work effusively and even Richard Wagner, who later denigrated Mendelssohn, was full of admiration. Today, St. Paul belongs to the core repertoire of sacred choral music.

This Urtext edition of the oratorio, edited by the internationally-recognised Mendelssohn scholar Michael Cooper is based on all critical sources. As well as the principal version of the work, the score also includes for the first time numbers which were composed for the first version and subsequently removed. This gives not only an insight into the history of the composition of the work, but also, with the complete performing material, into the performance of the original version. The appendices (first version) which appear in the full score and vocal score are not contained in this choral score.

The full score and vocal score include the German and English texts of the oratorio.

The vocal score is by Mendelssohn.

- Urtext edition, representing the latest musicological research
- Vocal texts in German and English
- Supplements the already existing material available to this work
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