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I lift up mine eyes (Ich hebe meine Augen auf zu den Bergen)

Psalm 121

By Georg Philipp Telemann

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SATB vocal soli, SATB choir, 2 Oboes, 2 Violins, Viola, Basso continuo
Psalm 121. Composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). Edited by Klaus Hofmann. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Telemann-Archiv. Ich Hebe Meine Augen Auf (Psalm 121). Sacred vocal music, Psalms, German, Psalms. Single Part, basso continuo. TVWV 7:16. 8 pages. Duration 12 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 39.127/14. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3912714).

Item Number: CA.3912714

ISBN 9790007215811. Language: German.

Telemann's setting of Psalm 121 "I lift up mine eyes to the hills" reveals him to be an admirer of French music. Constructed on the example of a grand motet, each of the movements is patterned after the French model: the model of an overture for the first movement, the echoes of a chaconne in the second, the dotted gigue rhythms of the Canarie in the third. In addition there is the lively exchange between choir and solo ensemble, and much more. The music is full of poetic imagery, whenever the occasion arises, as at the very beginning with the words "Ich hebe meine Augen auf," or in a later passage with the text "Siehe, der Hüter Israel schläft noch schlummert nicht" (Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep). Score and part available separately - see item CA.3912700.

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