Roma: Litografia Martelli, 1844.
Folio. Original publisher's boards with title within decorative border. 1f. (title within decorative border),  (blank), 2-116, 96 pp. Text in Italian. Lithographed.
With price printed to upper board ("Prezzo Sc. 6 50.") and with "A. Gualtieri inc." and "so trovano presso A. Tosi al Corso 139 e 140" to foot of title.
Binding worn and soiled with significant defects to upper; endpapers somewhat soiled and foxed. Interior clean and crisp, with only minor soiling to some edges and blank margins. Printed on quality paper, resulting in a strong and clear impression.
First Italian edition. MWV A14. Ward Jones III, 149. Gaspari III, p. 14. Rare (1 copy located outside of Italy, at Oxford).
Paulus, an oratorio to a libretto by Julius Schubring after Acts, was premiered as part of the Niederrheinische Musikfest in Düsseldorf, 22 May 1836.
Mendelssohn distinguished himself in many fields, and his contributions to sacred choral music are no exception. He was the most prominent advocate for the music of J.S. Bach, reviving the St. Matthew Passion in 1829, and helped to reestablish the oratorio by providing two superb examples: St. Paul (1836) and Elijah (1846).
"From Bach's Passions and Handel's oratorios Mendelssohn borrowed the use of the traditional narrator, to relate in recitatives the dramatic action of the work. Conspicuously Bachian are the chorales, interspersed throughout the oratorio to demarcate the principal structural divisions, diffusing, according to Carl Klingemann, ‘a calmness through the whole’. On the other hand a debt to Handel is revealed in the rich variety of the choruses, which include several that directly engage in the dramatic action and several cast in a variety of fugal styles. Prefacing the oratorio is an overture that evokes Paul's struggle for spiritual awakening by means of the chorale Wachet auf and a dissonant fugue, with its subject derived from the first strain of the chorale." R. Larry Todd in Grove Music Online.
An interesting example of Italian music lithography of the time.
Price: $275.00 other currencies