Here’s another of the 8-part motets from Mendelssohn’s Opus 79 that I highlighted yesterday. This one, #6, is titled “On Good Friday” and (again!) includes the dreaded “Hallelujah” So it’s a bit of an odd selection. Like yesterday.
Or at least it seems odd on the face of it. But musically/mood-ly, it’s perfect. Especially the final “Hallelujah,” which sounds a lot more uncertain than you might expect. Also, very Russian, to my ears. Not at all what I’m expecting from Mendelssohn. Again, like yesterday.
Um unsrer Sünden willen hat sich Christus erniedriget, und ist gehorsam geworden bis zum Tode am Kreuze; darum hat Gott ihn erhöhet, und ihm einen Namen gegeben, der über alle Namen ist. Halleluja!For the sake of our sins, Christ has made himself humble and has submitted even unto death on the cross. Therefore God has raised him up, and given him a name which is above all names. Hallelujah!