"Am Neujahrstage" (Op. 79, No. 2) by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
WRITTEN VERSION (open harmony)
Vocals: Steven Hoffman
Editing and Mixing: Steven Hoffman
This piece is a beautiful work by Mendelssohn as part of a series of motets for Christian holy days, titled "Sechs Sprüche". This one, "Am Neujahrstage", is the second in the series. The title indicates that the piece is meant to be sung on New Year's Day.
Herr, Gott, du bist unsre Zuflucht für und für.
Ehe denn die Berge worden, und die Erde und die Welt erschaffen worden, bist du Gott von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit.
Lord, God, you are our refuge for evermore.
You are our God from age to age, from before the mountains were made, and the lands and the world were created.
Note: I made two versions of this: one with the soprano and alto parts recorded an octave down from written pitch (close harmony version), and one with the soprano and alto parts pitch-shifted up an octave to match the written score (written version, open harmony). I couldn't decide which version I like better, so I'm uploading them both! I hope you enjoy!
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