The anthem I waited for the Lord is the fifth movement from the symphony. It gives two of our Choral Exhibitioners an opportunity to shine as there is a soprano duet at the beginning of the piece.
The words are taken from Psalm 40.
Ich harrete des Herrn,
und er neigte sich zu mir und hörte mein Flehn.
Wohl dem, der seine Hoffnung setzt auf den Herrn!
Wohl dem, der seine Hoffnung setzt auf ihn!
I waited for the Lord,
He inclined unto me,
He heard my complaint.
O blest are they
that hope and trust in Him.
Out of the five symphonies that Mendelssohn wrote, this Symphony No. 2 is played, and so heard, much less frequently than his others. Mendelssohn (1809-1847), named the Symphony “Lobgesang” (or “Hymn of Praise”). He wrote it in 1840 for the festival in Leipzig to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing by Johannes Gutenberg. It is claimed that the German composer Richard Wagner said that the symphony was merely a feeble imitation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony but it seemed to receive a rapturous praise when it was first performed in the UK.
A free CPDL version of I waited for the Lord is available to download online.