Mendelssohn was paid 200 guineas to attend and conduct Elijah’s premiere. After the festival, the organising committee passed a resolution stating,
“…their very cordial and grateful thanks to Dr Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy for a composition in which the most consummate musical knowledge and highest intellectual conceptions are displayed.”
Jonathan, our director of music, was inspired by Elijah when he was searching for pieces for Men’s week at All Saints Church Choir. He composed a 4-part version (TTBB) of one of the bass arias. He chose No.14 – Lord God of Abraham. In this aria, Elijah is calling to God so that he can show the Israelites the error of their Baal-worshipping ways.
Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, this day let it be known that Thou art God, and that I am Thy servant!
Lord God of Abraham! Oh show to all this people that I have done these things according to Thy word. Oh hear me, Lord, and answer me!
Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, oh hear me and answer me, and show this people that Thou art Lord God. And let their hearts again be turned!
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