Benedictus, AWV 79 (Auber, Daniel François Esprit)

Sheet Music


PDF scanned by BNF
Zeyarshwe (2017/4/19)

PDF scanned by BNF
Zeyarshwe (2017/4/19)

PDF scanned by BNF
Zeyarshwe (2017/4/19)

Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.[1857-59].
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General Information

Work Title Benedictus
Alternative. Title
Composer Auber, Daniel François Esprit
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. AWV 79
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IDA 4
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 at least:
  1. [no tempo indication] (for voice (C1 clef), harp, organ)
  2. Duo: Andante (2 sopranos (C1 clef), harp, organ)
  3. Andante (voice (F4 clef), mixed chorus, clarinet, harp, organ); the solo voice range is C below middle C to F above middle C, so probably a baritone or tenor, rather than a bass
Language Latin
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation see above, Contents, and below, Comments

Misc. Comments

  • BnF currently has 9 works by Auber entitled Benedictus, and there are duplicate numbers, though it is not known whether these all belong to the same manuscript set. For example, the duplicate no.2 is for soprano and orchestra. It seems to have not been scanned yet, so it is not possible to tell whether it is the same music. The duplicate no.5 is for choir and orchestra and makes no mention of a solo voice.
  • According to Grove Music, Auber was "appointed maître de chapelle by Napoleon III, and composed a substantial quantity of music for the royal chapel in the Louvre, the great majority of which remains unpublished. . . . Most of the pieces Auber wrote for the royal chapel are plain in style, homophonic and melody-led, and nearly all of them survive in two versions: one with orchestral accompaniment, and one with organ, with or without harp." Thus, the difference in instrumentations of the duplicate numbers could be explained by the reduction to organ with or without harp, provided that the music itself turns out to be identical.
  • For now the combinations currently uploaded to IMSLP are tagged, and the "undetermined instrumentation" tag is used for the ones we don't have at the moment, as well as any orchestral versions that may eventually surface.