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M&M Gems: Mozart and Mendelssohn

- W.A. Mozart & Felix Mendelssohn; ed. Gary D. Penkala


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Use: General
Required Resources: SATB choir, organ, string quartet
Language: Latin, English

Here are two choral gems:

  • Mozart: Ave verum
  • Mendelssohn: Cast Thy Burden

in forms you don't often see.

Both of these were written with instrumental accompaniment, none of it difficult. Mozart originally scored his motet for string quartet and organ and this CNP edition uses this original accompaniment. The Mendelssohn motet comes from his oratorio Elijah, where it appears with a accompaniment of string and winds. This CNP edition reduces the wind parts to organ. Both these motets are now playable with a string quartet and organ.

Lest any of you are unfamiliar with these beautiful, easy motets, here's some background. Mozart wrote his "Ave verum" on a 14th century Eucharistic text by Pope Innocent VI. The score is dated 17 June 1791, and was written for Anton Stoll, a friend and music director of Saint Stephan Church in Baden bei Wein. Mozart's wife, Costanza, pregnant with their sixth child, was at the spa there. Mozart wrote the piece, while composing Die Zauberflöte, to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi.

Mendelssohn's masterpiece, Elijah, is written for large orchestra, SATB choir and soloists and tells the dramatic story of the Prophet Elijah. While much of the music is contrapuntal and quite complex (Mendelssohn greatly admire J.S. Bach), there are a few movements of noble simplicity: one, the alto aria, "O Rest in the Lord," and the other, the second motet of this collection, "Cast Thy Burden upon the Lord," or in its German title, Wirf dein Anliegen auf den Herrn. With text from various Psalms, this motet occurs in the oratorio in the midst of the contest between the prophets of Baal and Elijah, pitting a false god against the true God. It is preceded by the beautiful aria, "Lord God of Abraham," sung by Elijah and the chorus.

CNP offers separately a full score [7020-s], a set of instrumental parts [7020-p], and a choral part [7020-c].


Full Score
(suitable for organist as well as director)
Order #: 7020-s
Price: $3.50

Instrumental Parts
Order #: 7020-p
Price: $4.00

Choral Parts
Order #: 7020-c
Price: $1.50


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