St. Paul (Oratorio). By Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Edited by R. Larry Todd. For Soli SATB, SATB Choir, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Serpent, timpani, 2 Violins, viola, cello, contrabass, organ. This edition: Paperbound. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. German title: Paulus. Oratorios. Level 3. Full score. Language: German/English. Composed 1834-1836. Op. 36. 448 pages. Duration 145 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4012900).
With Language: German/English. Oratorios.
Mendelssohn composed his first oratorio Paulus under the impression of his own revival of J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion in 1829. He integrated chorale settings into St. Paul, for which he was accused by his contemporaries of making a stylistic break, using an element unsuitable to church music. In spite of these reservations, during Mendelssohn's lifetime St. Paul was one of his most popular works, which received numerous performances throughout Europe. Robert Schuman praised the "inextinguishable color of the instrumentation" and the "brilliant play with all the forms of composition." He described it as a "jewel of the present.".