Paulus (St. Paul), Op. 36 (Felix Mendelssohn)

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Complete work

  • (Posted 2007-09-22)  CPDL #35170:  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2007-09-22).   Score information: None   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Complete Piano/vocal score in Nwc.png (NoteWorthy Composer) and MIDI file format. #26 only is available in PDF format.

Training aids

  • Midis:   Zipped file:  
Contributor: Evm (submitted 18 May 2006).   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Movements 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 33, 35, 36, 38, 42, 43, and 45 zipped together






Separate movements

Part I

1: Overture

2: Herr, der du bist der Gott (Lord, Thou alone art God)

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Editor: Kelvin Smith (submitted 2003-05-07).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 855 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: choral parts only

3: To God on high

4a:And the many that believed

4b:We verily have heard

5: Now this man ceaseth not

6: And all that sat in the council

7: Jerusalem, Jerusalem

8a:Then they ran upon him

8b:Stone him to death

9a:And they stoned him

9b:To Thee, O Lord

10: And the witnesses

11: Siehe! wir preisen selig, die erduldet (Happy and blest are they)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-08).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 118 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: English underlay text.

12a:And Saul made havoc of the church

12b:Consume them all

13a:And he journeyed with companions

13b:But the Lord is mindful of His own

14: The conversion

15: Rise up, arise

16: Wachet auf! Ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers, wake, a voice is calling)

  • (Posted 2019-12-01)  CPDL #56143:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2019-12-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: German words; keyboard reduction with separate trumpet parts.
  • (Posted 2010-03-08)  CPDL #21150:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-08).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: English words; Keyboard reduction with separate trumpet parts.
  • (Posted 2007-10-05)  CPDL #15145:        (Finale 2002)
Editor: Benoît Huwart (submitted 2007-10-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 45 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Reduction SATB; German words.

17: and his companions

18: O God, have mercy

19: And there was a disciple

20: I praise thee, O Lord

21: And Ananias went his way

22: O great is the depth

Part II

23: The nations are now the Lord's

24: And Paul came to the congregation

25: Now we are ambassadors

26: Wie lieblich sind die Boten (How lovely are the Messengers)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-08).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: English underlay text.
  • (Posted 2004-03-12)  CPDL #06824:      (Finale 2004)
Editor: David Cameron (submitted 2004-03-12).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 312 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:

27: I will sing of Thy great mercies

28a:But when the Jews

28b: So spricht der Herr: ich bin der Herr (Thus saith the Lord

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-08).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 29 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: English text.

28c:And they laid wait for Paul

29a:Is this he?

29b:O, Thou the true and only light

30: But Paul and Barnabas spake freely

31: For so hath the Lord

32: And there was a man at Lystra

33: The gods themselves

34: And they called Barnabas Jupiter

35: O, be gracious, ye immortals

36a:Now when the apostles

36b:For ye know not

36c:But our God abideth in heaven

37: Then the multitude

38: This is Jehovah's temple

39: And they all persecuted Paul

40: Sei getreu bis in den Tod (Be thou faithful unto death)

  • (Posted 1999-11-11)  CPDL #00504:      (Encore)
Editor: Tobias Schoelkopf (submitted 1999-11-11).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 140 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: German text.

41: And Paul sent and called the elders

42: Far be it from thy path

43: See what love

44: And though he be offered

45: Not only unto Him

General Information

Title: St. Paul, Op. 36 (Paulus)
Composers: Felix Mendelssohn and Philipp Nicolai

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, and STB soli
Genre: SacredOratorio

Languages: German, English
Instruments: Orchestra: 2223(Serpente)-223-tympani, strings & organ

First published: 1836
  2nd published: 1905 in The Anthem Book, no. 130
Description: Libretto compiled from Scriptures by Julius Schubring

External websites:

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Paulus.