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Elijah (Elias)

Arrangement for chamber orchestra (Linckelmann)

By Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn

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Orchestra Soli SATB, Coro SATB, Fl, Ob, Clt, Fg, Cor, Tr, Trb, Timp, 2 Vl, Va, Vc, Cb, [Org] - Level 4
Arrangement for chamber orchestra (Linckelmann). Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Arranged by Joachim Linckelmann. Gattungen vokal: Sacred vocal music. Full Score. MWV A 25, Op. 70. Duration 130 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4013050).

Item Number: CA.4013050

ISBN 9790007254407. German/English.

Mendelssohn's oratorio Elias (Elijah) was composed at a time when large choral societies were formed and music festivals involving hundreds of singers were all the fashion. 271 singers and 125 orchestral musicians took part in the premiere in 1846 in Birmingham. And today, too, a large-scale orchestra naturally calls for a correspondingly large chorus.

With this arrangement for chamber orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, timpani and strings, plus organ ad lib), smaller choirs, as well as choirs with more limited resources of space or finance, can now also perform this work. The symphonic character and wide dynamic range of the work have been retained. By reducing the symphonic wind and brass in particular (instead of 18 just seven single wind and brass instruments are now required), the volume of sound is more restrained, but the symphonic character and a wide dynamic range are retained. All the vocal parts (soloists and chorus) are identical with the original version, so that the vocal scores and choral scores from that version can be used.

Major oratorio can also be performed by smaller choir
Wind and brass parts of the original version reduced to just seven single instruments
Vocal scores and choral scores from the original version can be used.
carus plus: the work (original version) is available in carus music, the choir app, and in the practice CD series Carus Choir Coach. Score available separately - see item CA.4013000.

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