Other Names: Opus 97
Composer(s): Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
Poet/Lyricist(s): von Bunsen, , Christian Karl Josias (Baron)
Accompaniment: Orchestra
Voicing: SATB
Solo Voicing: Tenor
Notes: An Unfinished Oratorio Christus is the title given by the composer's brother Paul to fragments of an unfinished oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn, published posthumously as Op. 97. [1] The work was suggested by Christian Karl Josias von Bunsen, who compiled the German libretto from biblical sources. Composition began in 1846 and continued through Mendelssohn's last year. The completed portions include a tenor recitative relating Christ's birth, a TBB chorus "Where is the newborn", the well known SATB chorus "There Shall a Star from Jacob Shine Forth" using Philipp Nicolai's chorale Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern, and a passion section ending with another chorale, O Welt, sieh' hier dein Leben. The first performance took place in 1852.
Keywords: Oratorio
Language(s): German

In Publications:

Title Type Arranged For Publisher
Christus 11 Das Leiden Christi Vocal and Instrumental Score SATB, T solo and Piano Carus-Verlag
Christus Part 1 (Die Geburt Christi ) Vocal score TBB and SATB chorus and Piano/Organ Carus-Verlag
Christus Part 11 (Das Leiden Christi) Vocal score SATB, T solo and Piano/Organ Carus-Verlag
Christus Pt 11 Das Leiden Christi Choir score SATB, T solo and Piano Carus-Verlag