Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) Psalm 42 MWV A 15 Op. 42 “Wie der Hirsch schreit”
[S,mix ch,orch] duration: 25'
solo: S – choir: SATB – 18.104.22.168. – 22.214.171.124. – timp – org – str
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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, who was so frequently self-critical, apparently held his setting of the 42nd Psalm in very high esteem, as can be inferred from a letter of 5 August 1837 to Breitkopf & Härtel. The composers wish was fulfilled: after a fundamental expansion of the work and the first performance of this final version on 8 February 1838 at Leipzigs Gewandhaus, the 42nd Psalm was first printed that same year by Breitkopf & Härtel.