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Elias (Elijah), Op. 70 (Felix Mendelssohn)

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Complete work

  • CPDL #16271:  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2008-03-01).   Score information: A4   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: PDFs available for movements 1, 2, 20, 29 and 43 only. MIDI and NoteWorthy Composer files available for all movements. English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

Separate movements

Part 1

As God the Lord of Israel (Introduction from 'Elijah') - Bass solo

  • CPDL #16272:  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2008-03-01).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 30 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

Overture - Instrumental

  • CPDL #16274: 
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2008-03-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 240 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral score.

 1. Help, Lord - SATB

  • CPDL #04415:  Icon_pdf.gif  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 15 pages, 516 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

 2. Lord, bow thine ear - SATB

  • CPDL #04416:  Icon_pdf.gif  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 312 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

 3. Ye people, rend your hearts - Tenor solo

  • CPDL #04417:  Icon_pdf.gif  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

 4. If with all your hearts - Tenor solo

  • CPDL #04418:  Icon_pdf.gif  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 204 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

 5. Yet doth the Lord - SATB

  • CPDL #21124: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-04).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 144 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.
  • CPDL #16273:   ( Network.png )
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2008-03-01).   Score information: A4, 21 pages, 422 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

 6. Elijah! Get thee hence - Alto solo

  • CPDL #04419:  Icon_pdf.gif   ( Network.png )
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

 7a. For he shall give his angels charge - SSAATTBB

  • CPDL #21125: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-05).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 111 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • CPDL #04726:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2003-04-08).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged for unaccompanied singers (SSAATTBB 8 staves). Percy Snowdon's 1975 arrangement for unaccompanied singers of the motet from Elijah. German Text

See also Denn Er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir (Felix Mendelssohn), created before this oratorio and that has then taken place in it.

 7b. Now Cherith's Brook

 8. What have I to do with thee

 9. Blessed are the men who fear him

  • CPDL #21104: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Keyboard reduction of orchestral parts
  • CPDL #04420:  Icon_pdf.gif  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 580 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score

10. As God the Lord of Sabaoth

11. Baal, we cry to thee

12. Call him louder!

Hear our cry, O Baal - SATB

13. Call him louder!

Baal, hear and answer (Chorus part of 13.)
  • CPDL #21098: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-02-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Chorus from no. 13

14. Draw near, all ye people

Lord God of Abraham (Felix Mendelssohn) (part of #14) - Bass solo
Editor: Steve Jones (submitted 2004-01-16).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.

15. Cast thy burden upon the Lord - SATB

English.png In English
  • CPDL #21106: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 34 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • CPDL #04421:  Icon_pdf.gif  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 148 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-08-16).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 59 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Both English and German text provided.
German.png In German, Wirf dein Anliegen auf den Herrn
Editor: Andre van Ryckeghem (submitted 2000-10-16).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:

16. O thou, who makest thine angel spirits

The fire descends from heav'n (No. 16b from 'Elijah') - SATB
  • CPDL #21117: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-03).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

17. Is not His word like a fire?

18. Woe unto them who forsake him

19. O man of God, help thy people!

20. Thanks be to God - SATB

  • CPDL #21115: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-03).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 169 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • CPDL #04422:  Icon_pdf.gif  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 18 pages, 812 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score, possible unspecified errors may exist (see discussion)
Editor: Pawel Jura (submitted 2000-05-31).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 307 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Finale file is zipped.

Part 2

21. Hear ye Israel

22. Be not afraid

  • CPDL #21073: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-02-24).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 134 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

23. The Lord hath exalted thee

  • CPDL #21119: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-04).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Recitative and Chorus from bar 29 onward
  • 24. Woe to him!
  • CPDL #21121: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-04).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

25. Man of God

26. It is enough

27. See, now he sleepeth - Tenor solo

  • CPDL #04423:  Icon_pdf.gif  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 84 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score

28. Lift thine eyes, O lift thine eyes to the mountains - terzetto SSA

  • CPDL #20280: 
Editor: Robert Urmann (submitted 2009-10-01).   Score information: Executive, 2 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: German text.
  • CPDL #06895:  Network.png MIDI and Finale 2003 files available.
Editor: Manfred Hößl (submitted 2004-04-06).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: German text, no PDF file, zipped Finale file. Finale file may be viewed and printed with Finale Reader.
  • CPDL #04424:  Icon_pdf.gif  ( Network.png with Icon_snd_globe.gif and Nwc.png (NoteWorthy Composer) )
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English text.
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-01-31).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: English text.

29. He watching over Israel

  • (Posted 2016-07-20)   CPDL #40461: 
Editor: Johannes Becker (submitted 2016-07-20).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 115 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choral parts only, in German: Siehe, der Hüter Israels
  • CPDL #21114: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-02).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 109 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 13/06/13.
  • CPDL #04987:  Network.png
Editor: Kelvin Smith (submitted 2003-05-07).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 576 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: choral parts only
  • CPDL #04425:  Icon_pdf.gif  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 13 pages, 484 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score

30. Arise Elijah - Solo AT

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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 164 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score

31. O rest in the Lord - Solo Alto

  • CPDL #04427:  Icon_pdf.gif  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 212 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score

32. He that shall endure - SATB

  • CPDL #21112: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-02).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • CPDL #04428:  Icon_pdf.gif  Network.png
Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 184 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-02-01).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

33. Night falleth round me

34. Behold, God the Lord - SATB

  • CPDL #21097: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-02-28).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 154 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.
  • CPDL #16264:  (Finale 2004)
Editor: Sterling Burris (submitted 2008-02-29).   Score information: Letter, 14 pages, 570 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English. Includes a keyboard version of the orchestral accompaniment.

35. Holy is God the Lord - Choral soprano solo(2), Choral alto solo(2)

Editor: Pawel Jura (submitted 2000-05-31).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.

Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: There should not be a sharp in the alto in m. 12 See the discussion page for full description.

36. Go return upon thy way

37. For the mountains shall depart

38. Then did Elijah - SATB

  • CPDL #21120: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-04).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

39. Then shall the righteous shine forth

40. Behold, God hath sent Elijah

41. But the Lord from the north - SSAATTBB

  • CPDL #21105: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-02).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.

42. O come, everyone that thirsteth

43. And then shall your light break forth

  • CPDL #21072: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-02-24).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 117 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.
Editor: Pawel Jura (submitted 2000-05-31).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 196 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.

General Information

Title: Elijah [Elias], Op. 70
Subtitle: Ein Oratorium nach Worten des Alten Testaments
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

Number of voices: 4–8vv   Voicings: SATB and SSAATTBB
Soloists: Soprano I.II, Alto I.II, Tenore I.II, Basso I.II
Genre: SacredOratorio

Languages: English, German
Instruments: Orchestra

(2 Flauti, 2 Oboi, 2 Clarinetti, 2 Fagotti, 4 Corni, 2 Trombe, 3 Tromboni, Oficleide, Timpani, 2 Violini, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabbasso ed Organo)

Published:

  • 1846
  • G. Schirmer edition (c. 1900)
  • Carus 1995 (critical edition by R. Larry Todd)

Description:

External websites:

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Elijah.