Features of the Barenreiter Urtext edition of Mendelssohn’s setting of Psalm 98 (Singet Dem Herrn / Sing To The Lord):
- Bilingual Foreword (Ger/Eng) and Critical Commentary (Eng)
- Words underlaid in both German and English
- Piano reduction based on the first printed edition
- Full score, performance material (BA9076) and vocal score (BA9076-90) available for sale
Mendelssohn composed his setting of Psalm 98 (Singet Dem Herrn / Sing To The Lord) in the space of just a few weeks to satisfy a commission in his new position as general music director of Prussia. The work was premiered by the Berlin Cathedral Choir on 1 January 1844. As Mendelssohn neither released the work for publication nor produced a vocal score, his psalm setting did not appear in print until after his death.
For this edition the authoritative Mendelssohn specialist John Michael Cooper drew primarily on the autograph score with its many subsequent corrections and amendments. In this way, it differs from many other editions, which tend to treat the autograph as a subordinate source. Rounding off the edition are an informative Foreword and a detailed Critical Commentary. The Piano reduction is based on the first printed edition, which was published by F. Kistner and Evers & Co. in 1851.