From heav'n on high (Christmas cantata). By Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy / Martin Luther. Edited by Karen Lehmann. For Soli soprano/baritone, SSATB Choir, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Timpani, 2 Violins, 2 Violas, 2 Cellos, Contrabass. This edition: Paperbound. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. German title: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her. Cantatas; Christmas. Level 3. Full score. Language: German/English. Composed 1831. 72 pages. Duration 16 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4018900).
ISBN M-007-06458-7. With Language: German/English. Cantatas; Christmas.
During Mendelssohns years of study with Zelter, the arrangement of chorales already played an important role, and he continued to be occupied with the protestant chorale throughout his symphonic and oratorical work. The break Bach's works in connection with the reperformance of the St. Matthew Passion led to a series of cantatas based on well-known chorale melodies for choir, instruments, and sometimes also for soloists.