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Two choral works by F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy in full score, in the hand of Eduard Henschke, with annotations by the composer, c1839-1840

MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 93

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  1. (fols. 1-126) Op. 52, 'Lobgesang. Eine Sÿmphonie für Orchester und Chor v. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy'. Full score of the original version as performed in 1840. There is one correction in red crayon in the composer's hand, and others in pencil, perhaps in the hand of Ignaz Moscheles, who directed the preliminary English rehearsals. Brought to England by Alfred Novello in Aug 1840 for use in preparing the first English performance at the Birmingham Musical Festival on 23 Sept 1840.
  2. (fols. 131-158) Op. 51, 'Der 114ste Psalm für 8 stimmigen Chor und ganzes Orchester'. Full score. The composer has added the English translation, metronome marks and other annotations in red crayon and pencil. Brought to England with the 'Logbesang' score, and used to prepare the frist English performance at the same Birmingham Festival on 252 Sept 1840.


  • c1839-1840


159 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • German


MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 93

Custodial History

Owned by J. Alfred Novello, Sept 1840 (inscription pasted on inside front cover).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, Phillips sale, 14 June 1989 (Novello archive sale), lot 11, with the assistance of the Purchase Grant Fund, administered by the Victoria Museum.

Physical Facet

i + 158 leaves (fols. 127-130 blank). Bound in half brown calf with purple buckrum.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom