Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Sechs Geistliche Und Weltliche Lieder

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Sechs Geistliche Und Weltliche Lieder

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MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, FELIX (1809-1847). SECHS GEISTLICHE UND WELTLICHE LIEDER für Singstimme und Orgel (Bearbeitet von Reinhard Ardelt). Edition Walhall, 2004. Traditional keys; D^sub 4^-G^sub 5^ overall range.

In a short Preface, arranger Reinhard Ardelt makes a case for these six songs originally composed with piano accompaniment being well suited for church use with organ accompaniment. Three of the songs have sacred texts, and the three others have texts that could easily be used in a church concert setting. All of the songs are given in Mendelssohn's original keys, and some indications of what manuals would be good for the organ accompaniments are also provided.

The vocal lines are familiar Mendelssohn contours and are not difficult. The texts are in German, and no English translations are given. It would be nice to have good English singing translations for these songs so that they would be useful in American churches that still welcome traditional sacred music. It is possible that one can find translations of all of Mendelssohn's songs, including those in this volume. …

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