Festgesang zum Gutenbergfest, WoO 9 (Mendelssohn, Felix)

Ambox notice.pngFor the carol Hark the Herald Angels Sing, created posthumously to music from this work, see Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.


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Editor Julius Rietz (1812-1877)
Publisher. Info. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdys Werke, Serie 15
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1874-82. Plate M.B. 120.
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Work Title Festgesang
Alternative. Title Festgesang für Männerchor und Orchester, WoO 9
Composer Mendelssohn, Felix
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. WoO 9
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 sections
  1. Choral. Begeht mit heil’gem Lobgesang
  2. Lied. Vaterland, in deinen Gauen
  3. Allegro molto. Der Herr, der sprach: Es werde Licht!
  4. Choral. Heil ihm! Heil uns!
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1840
First Performance. 1840-06-24 in Leipzig, open air (Gutenberg-Festival)
Librettist Adolf Eduard Prölss (1803-1882)
Language German
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Male chorus (TTBB), 2 brass choirs
Brass Choir I
4 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, ophicleide, timpani
Brass Choir II
2 trumpets, 2 horns, 3 trombones
Related Works Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by William Hayman Cummings
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Extra Information In 1855 the English organist William Hayman Cummings adapted part of second movement to Charles Wesley’s Christmas hymn text, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.