London: J. Alfred Novello [PN 1025], [1852-1856]. Folio. Modern marbled boards. 1f. (title),  (blank), 2-39 (instrumental no. 1, "Sinfonia," for piano four hands, with Primo to recto and Secondo to verso pages), 40-111 (piano-vocal score of no. 2, "Chor," to no.), [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.
Printed header to title: "Novello's Edition of the Works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Op. 52." Addresses to imprint: "69, Dean St. Soho, 24, Poultry. & 389, Broadway, New York." Price list above imprint: "Reduced Prices P.F. score 14s,- Separate Vocal parts 4[s]- Separate Orch. Strings 25[s], 6[d] Separate Orch. Wind 48[s],- Full score 42[s],-."
Handstamp of Llanelly Public Library to head of title and p. 3; round embossed stamp, "Corporation of Llanelly Public Library," to outer margin of title, p. 57, and final page of music. Rehearsal letters and other markup in pencil to pp. 40-53 and 74-86, in two different hands.
Slightly foxed; smudges to pp. 6-7; minor paper imperfection to pp. 107-108.
A very good copy overall.
Probable First Edition, later issue. Rare. MWV A18. Not in Hoboken or Hirsch. WorldCat (8 copies, 4 in North America: University of Toronto; Yale University; Westminster Choir College; Stanford University (no distinctions among issues). Dated according to addresses in imprint: Novello's address at 24 Poultry Street was current from 1845 to May 1856; the New York address on Broadway was used from August 1852 and no later than 1859 (see Humphries & Smith p. 246). Novello's edition supposedly precedes Breitkopf & Härtel's (first advertised in June 1841), but the present copy does not. Not to be confused with Novello's regular piano-vocal score (PN 1869), which was reprinted many times and in high print runs.
"With the ‘Lobgesang’ Symphony, composed in 1840 and published as Symphony no.2 in 1841, Mendelssohn... produced a symphony extending into the realm of religious music. Also, by introducing texted elements into the work, he took up an equally daunting challenge, that of responding to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony... Mendelssohn's solution, as he explained to Klingemann, was to attempt a hybrid symphony-cantata: a three-movement, through-composed orchestral sinfonia attached to a nine-movement vocal cantata, with biblical texts celebrating mankind's progress from darkness to enlightenment (the agent of this process was the word of God, as disseminated by the Gutenberg Bible). Linking the symphony and cantata is a recurring motto-like intonation... initially announced by the trombones and then given verbal meaning in the cantata by the addition of the text ‘Alles was Odem hat, lobe den Herrn’." R. Larry Todd in Grove Music Online. Item #26115
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