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

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  • (Posted 2008-03-01)  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

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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

  • (Posted 2008-03-01)  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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
  • (Posted 2008-03-01)  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

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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

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-05).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 111 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2003-04-08)  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 (with small changes).

 7b. Now Cherith's Brook

 8. What have I to do with thee

 9. Blessed are the men who fear him

  • (Posted 2010-03-01)  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.
  • (Posted 2002-12-20)  CPDL #04420:    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.)
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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
  • (Posted 2004-01-16)  CPDL #06500:        (Sibelius 2)
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

see Elias 15 Cast thy burden / Wirf dein Anliegen

16. O thou, who makest thine angel spirits

The fire descends from heav'n (No. 16b from 'Elijah') - SATB
  • (Posted 2010-03-03)  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

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-03).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 169 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2002-12-20)  CPDL #04422:     
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)
  • (Posted 2000-05-31)  CPDL #00874:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Pawel Jura (submitted 2000-05-31).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 307 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

Part 2

21. Hear ye Israel

22. Be not afraid

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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

  • (Posted 2010-03-04)  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!

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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

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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

see Elias 28 Lift thine eyes / Hebe deine Augen

29. He watching over Israel

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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
  • (Posted 2010-03-02)  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.
  • (Posted 2003-05-07)  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
  • (Posted 2002-12-20)  CPDL #04425:    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

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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

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-03-02).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
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Editor: James R. Jennings (submitted 2002-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 184 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piano-vocal score
  • (Posted 1999-02-01)  CPDL #00252:      (Finale 1998)
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

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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.
  • (Posted 2008-02-29)  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)

  • (Posted 2000-05-31)  CPDL #00875:        (Finale 1998)
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

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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

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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

  • (Posted 2010-02-24)  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.
  • (Posted 2000-05-31)  CPDL #00876:        (Finale 1998)
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
Lyricist: Julius Schubring

Number of voices: 4–8vv   Voicings: SATB and SSAATTBB
Soloists: Solo SATB, and SSAATTBB octet for Denn Er hat seinen Engeln befohlen, Nr. 7a.
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)

First published: 1847 N. Simrock
  2nd published: 1875 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdys Werke, Serie 13 ed. Rietz (Breitkopf & Härtel)
  3rd published: 1900 in G. Schirmer edition
  4th published: 1995 Carus, critical edition by R. Larry Todd

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Elijah.