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Mitten wir im Leben sind, Op. 23, No. 3 (Felix Mendelssohn)

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Editor: Seth Engel (submitted 2021-11-09).   Score information: Unknown   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Editor’s notes: Aside from the note values and time signature being cut in half, the following edits have taken place:
  • B1: All of m. 43 and the first note of m. 44 have been lowered down an octave
  • A2: m. 61-62 and m. 137-138 “Kyrie” have been raised up an octave to match A1
  • B1: m. 69-72 “Kyrie eleison” and m. 148-149 “Kyrie” have been lowered down an octave to match B2
  • m. 197-198 Hairpin segments have been removed
  • m. 226-229 Accents and swells have been removed
  • (Posted 2011-07-28)  CPDL #24017:       
Editor: Robert Urmann (submitted 2011-07-28).   Score information: Executive, 14 pages, 376 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2007-08-02)  CPDL #14651:     
Editor: Arie Fokkens (submitted 2007-08-02).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 284 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: partly condensed score: where possible written on 4 staves
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Lyric variation from other editions in measures 9 and 13. --Ab73 19:39, 1 February 2012 (CST) See the discussion page for full description.
  • (Posted 2007-08-02)  CPDL #14652:   
Editor: Arie Fokkens (submitted 2007-08-02).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 350 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: full 8-staff score
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Lyric variation from other editions in measures 9 and 13. --Ab73 19:39, 1 February 2012 (CST) See the discussion page for full description.

General Information

Title: Mitten wir im Leben sind, MWV B 21 (Op. 23, No. 3)
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Lyricist: Martin Luther, the first stanza from Media vita in morte sumus. Notker, A.D. 912

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1830 in Kirchenmusik, Op. 23, no. 3
  2nd published:
Description: Text: Dr. Martin Luther’s Deutsche Geistliche Lieder. The Hymns of Martin Luther set to their original Melodies with an English version, ed. Leonard Woolsey Bacon and Nathan H. Allen (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1884).

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Mitten wir im Leben sind.