Der Fall Babylons, WoO 63 (Spohr, Louis)
William Thomas Best (1826-1897) - Overture only
Edward Taylor (1784-1863), English text
London & New York: Novello, Ewer & Co., (1896). Plate 8076.
This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project.
The overture is arranged for piano solo by W.T. Best.
The date 21/10/96 appears on the last 2 pages.
|Work Title||Der Fall Babylons, WoO 63|
|Alternative Title||The Fall of Babylon|
|Opus/Catalogue Number||WoO 63|
|Movements/Sections||2 "acts" (17 numbers in the first, 14 in the second)|
|Year/Date of Composition||December 1839-December 1840|
|First Performance||St. Cecilia's Day, 1840, Kassel (from piano score).|
1842, Norwich (with orchestra)
|Librettist||Edward Taylor (1784-1863) of Norwich, translator|
|Language||German and English|
|Instrumentation||Soloists, Chorus, Orchestra|
Initially composed for the Norwich Festival of 1842, though first given a performance (from piano score- not yet orchestrated) in Kassel by Spohr in 1840. Orchestrated October-December 1840.
Re the librettist see Wikisource. (written originally in English, then translated into German according to Spohr biographer Clive Brown- but then Taylor had to retranslate the text into English.)
- Louis Spohr: A Critical Biography (Google Books) by Clive Brown, p256, which provides information on this oratorio.
There is a second "edition" published around 1867 but Brown does not seem to mention any revisions - this may have been simply a matter of getting the oratorio back on the market of course.
Apparently only the overture so far has been recorded, on a Hyperion CD with symphonies 3 and 6, in 2010 (the year I write this.)