Mendelssohn: Athalie, MWV M 16, Op. 74 (German Version)


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  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
  • Format: Full Score
  • Instrumentation: SATB Solos, Orchestra, Double Choir (SATB + SATB), Narrator
  • Work: Athalie (German Version), MWV M 16, Op. 74
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISMN: 9790004802601
  • Size: 9.8 x 12.6 inches
  • Pages: 476
  • Urtext / Critical Edition

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Mendelssohn's Athalia, i.e. the incidental music to Racine's tragedy Athalie, occupies a special place among the composer's incidental works for stage plays. The composer began by setting the original French text (Volume V/9A) before expanding his concept step by step for the German version. He revised this version several times – and especially the closing chorus – for the first performance in 1845. The work was not published during the composer's lifetime, which means that, in consideration of Mendelssohn's notorious self-criticism, there is no definitive final version. Armin Koch has taken up the editorial challenge and, with his great knowledgeability, cleared up all questions concerning the authentic form of the work.

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