Beati mortui, Op. 115, No. 1 (Felix Mendelssohn)

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  • (Posted 2017-10-04)  CPDL #46600:     
Editor: Nikolaus Hold (submitted 2017-10-04).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Latin and German text; based on Breitkopf & Härtel edition, 1874-82.
  • (Posted 2009-11-06)  CPDL #20470:  Network.png PDF and midi files
Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2009-11-06).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Latin text; Included as pages 1-3 in 8-page PDF covering this work and Periti Autem
  • (Posted 2003-04-17)  CPDL #04750:      (Finale 2003)
Editor: Gottfried Herrmann (submitted 2003-04-17).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 136 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Latin text

Arranged for mixed voices

  • (Posted 2013-03-22)  CPDL #28603:       
Editor: Larry Minton (submitted 2013-03-22).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 119 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by Larry Minton. This anthem from Opus 115 no. 1 has been arranged for SATB. Both the original Latin and English texts are included in this edition. The English text is a translation of the Latin, and follows the stresses of the Latin exactly.

General Information

Title: Beati Mortui, Op. 115, No. 1
Work: Zwei Geistliche Chöre für vier Männerstimmen, Op. 115
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Source of text: Apocalypse (Revelation) 14:13

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1889 in Deutscher Liederschatz, no. 99
    2nd published: 1902 in Concordia, no. 4.05
    3rd published: 1906 in Volksliederbuch für Männerchor, no. 52
Description: The two men's choir pieces, Op. 115, were commissioned in 1837 by Johann Christian August Clarus (1774-1854), physician in Leipzig and since 1836 rector of the University of Leipzig. He ordered the works for the annual ceremony to commemorate the medical professor Dr. Christian Martin Koch (1752-1803). The premiere took place on February 12, 1837, with the participation of 12 Thomaner (members of St. Thomas Choir).

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Beati mortui.