Psalm 84, WoO 72 (Spohr, Louis)

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Engraver Leipzig: C.G. Röder.
Publisher. Info. Hamburg: Hugo Pohle, n.d.[1873]. Plate H.P.162.
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Work Title Psalm 84
Alternative. Title Der 84ste Psalm nach Milton's metrischer Bearbeitung fuer 4 Solo u. 4 Chor-Stimmen mit Orchester
Composer Spohr, Louis
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.134? ; WoO 72
Key G major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements (Attacca)
  1. Chor. Andante.
  2. Allegro.
  3. Larghetto con moto.
  4. Allegro.
Text Incipit How lovely are thy dwellings fair!
Wie lieblich ist dein heilig Haus
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1846 ca.?
First Performance. 1847 July (Sacred Harmonic Society, London(?)) (semi-private performance?)
First Publication. 1847 ca. (one aria)
1873 (in full)
Librettist John Milton, Psalm 84
Language English / German
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation 4 voices, chorus, orchestra
soprano, alto, tenor, bass
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (C/A), 2 bassoons
2 horns (G/D), 2 trumpets (D), 3 trombones, timpani, strings

Misc. Comments

Information on this in Brown, Spohr: A Critical Biography, pp.300-302 e.g. Premiered (semi-privately?) in England in the summer of 1847- composed with the visit to England in mind, according to Brown. See also The Sacred Harmonic Society: a Thirty-five Years'restrospect, p.25, which mentions the premiere and gives late July 1847 for date. - Schissel