Elias (Elijah), Op. 70 (Felix Mendelssohn)

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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2008-03-01).   Score information: A4   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: PDFs available for movements 1, 2, 20, 29 and 43 only. MIDI and NoteWorthy Composer files available for all movements. English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

Separate movements

Part 1

As God the Lord of Israel (Introduction from 'Elijah') - Bass solo

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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2008-03-01).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 30 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

Overture - Instrumental

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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2008-03-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 240 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral score.

 1. Help, Lord - SATB

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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 15 pages, 516 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

 2. Lord, bow thine ear - SATB

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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 312 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

 3. Ye people, rend your hearts - Tenor solo

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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

 4. If with all your hearts - Tenor solo

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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 204 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

 5. Yet doth the Lord - SATB

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-04).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 144 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.
  • (Posted 2008-03-01)  CPDL #16273:    Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2008-03-01).   Score information: A4, 21 pages, 422 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

 6. Elijah! Get thee hence - Alto solo

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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

 7a. For he shall give his angels charge - SSAATTBB

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-05).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 111 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2003-04-08)  CPDL #04726:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2003-04-08).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged for unaccompanied singers (SSAATTBB 8 staves). Percy Snowdon's 1975 arrangement for unaccompanied singers of the motet from Elijah. German Text

 7b. Now Cherith's Brook

 8. What have I to do with thee

 9. Blessed are the men who fear him

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Keyboard reduction of orchestral parts.
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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 580 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score

10. As God the Lord of Sabaoth

11. Baal, we cry to thee

12. Call him louder!

Hear our cry, O Baal - SATB

13. Call him louder!

Baal, hear and answer (Chorus part of 13.)
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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-02-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Chorus from no. 13.

14. Draw near, all ye people

Lord God of Abraham (Felix Mendelssohn) (part of #14) - Bass solo
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Editor: Steve Jones (submitted 2004-01-16).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.

15. Cast thy burden upon the Lord - SATB

see Elias 15 Cast thy burden / Wirf dein Anliegen

16. O thou, who makest thine angel spirits

The fire descends from heav'n (No. 16b from 'Elijah') - SATB
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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-03).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

17. Is not His word like a fire?

18. Woe unto them who forsake him

19. O man of God, help thy people!

20. Thanks be to God - SATB

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-03).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 169 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2002-12-20)  CPDL #04422:       
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 18 pages, 812 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score, possible unspecified errors may exist (see discussion)
  • (Posted 2000-05-31)  CPDL #00874:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Pawel Jura (submitted 2000-05-31).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 307 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

Part 2

21. Hear ye Israel

22. Be not afraid

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-02-24).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 134 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

23. The Lord hath exalted thee

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-04).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Recitative and Chorus from bar 29 onward.

24. Woe to him!

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-04).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

25. Man of God

26. It is enough

27. See, now he sleepeth - Tenor solo

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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 84 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score

28. Lift thine eyes, O lift thine eyes to the mountains - terzetto SSA

see Elias 28 Lift thine eyes / Hebe deine Augen

29. He watching over Israel

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Editor: Johannes Becker (submitted 2016-07-20).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 115 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, in German: Siehe, der Hüter Israels
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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-02).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 109 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 13/06/13.
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Editor: Kelvin Smith (submitted 2003-05-07).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 576 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: choral parts only
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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 13 pages, 484 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score

30. Arise Elijah - Solo AT

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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 164 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score

31. O rest in the Lord - Solo Alto

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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 212 kB   Copyright: Personal
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32. He that shall endure - SATB

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-02).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 184 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score
  • (Posted 1999-02-01)  CPDL #00252:      (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-02-01).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

33. Night falleth round me

34. Behold, God the Lord - SATB

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-02-28).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 154 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.
  • (Posted 2008-02-29)  CPDL #16264:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Sterling Burris (submitted 2008-02-29).   Score information: Letter, 14 pages, 570 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

35. Holy is God the Lord - Choral soprano solo(2), Choral alto solo(2)

  • (Posted 2000-05-31)  CPDL #00875:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Pawel Jura (submitted 2000-05-31).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: There should not be a sharp in the alto in m. 12 See the discussion page for full description.

36. Go return upon thy way

37. For the mountains shall depart

38. Then did Elijah - SATB

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-04).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

39. Then shall the righteous shine forth

40. Behold, God hath sent Elijah

41. But the Lord from the north - SSAATTBB

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-02).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.

42. O come, everyone that thirsteth

43. And then shall your light break forth

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-02-24).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 117 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.
  • (Posted 2000-05-31)  CPDL #00876:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Pawel Jura (submitted 2000-05-31).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 196 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.

General Information

Title: Elijah [Elias], Op. 70
Subtitle: Ein Oratorium nach Worten des Alten Testaments
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Lyricist: Julius Schubring

Number of voices: 4–8vv   Voicings: SATB and SSAATTBB
Soloists: Solo SATB, and SSAATTBB octet for Denn Er hat seinen Engeln befohlen, Nr. 7a.
Genre: SacredOratorio

Languages: English, German
Instruments: Orchestra: (2 Flauti, 2 Oboi, 2 Clarinetti, 2 Fagotti, 4 Corni, 2 Trombe, 3 Tromboni, Oficleide, Timpani, 2 Violini, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabbasso ed Organo)

First published: 1847 N. Simrock
  2nd published: 1875 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdys Werke, Serie 13 ed. Rietz (Breitkopf & Härtel)
  3rd published: 1900 in G. Schirmer edition
  4th published: 1995 Carus, critical edition by R. Larry Todd
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See also

External websites:

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Elijah.