Favorite Work of June 2015
Every month one member of the Carus team introduces his/her favorite work, whether it be a choral piece, a CD, a songbook or an organ edition. The recommendation in March 2015 was contributed by Mayira Florschütz.
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Te Deum
"Wer Musik nicht liebt, verdient nicht, ein Mensch genannt zu werden, wer sie nur liebt, ist erst ein halber Mensch, wer sie aber treibt, ist ein ganzer Mensch." - "He who does not love music does not deserve to be called a human being; he who merely loves it is only half a human being; but he who makes music is a whole human being." (transl. from http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/goethe-the-musician-and-his-influence-on-german-song). In accordance with this Goethe quotation, my choice of a favorite piece is for a work which not only lies especially close to my heart, but one which I also performed most recently: The Te Deum a 8 with basso continuo, by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
This challenging work belonged for many years to the established repertoire of the Berliner Singakademie, the first important medium for the performance of Mendelssohn's sacred music. Composed in the context of Carl Friedrich Zelter's Akademie [school surrounding Carl Friedrich Zelter], the Te Deum of 1826 displays influences of old Italian vocal polyphony, whose distinctive features Mendelssohn first became acquainted with through Abbé Fortunato Santini in Rome and Justus Thibaut in Berlin. It is simply fascinating how Mendelssohn plays with polyphony using the most diverse means, so that lively singing, both together and with the voices against one another emerges.
Mendelssohn's sacred vocal music is a cornerstone of his creative output. It reflects and represents the musical development and diversity of this composer. His complete sacred vocal music is available in historical-critical editions and on CD at Carus - Read more!
Mayira Florschütz presently is earning her Masters degree in musicology at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and has been working since November 2014 as a student assistant in the new media department at Carus-Verlag.