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"Elijah" with organ

I am interested in programming Mendelssohn's "Elijah" for next year and I may have access to a great organist as an accompanist. Has anyone done  "Elijah" with just organ accompaniment? I believe G. Schirmer used to publish an organ version. If you used it, what were your thoughts? Is it worth it?  Also, was it in its entirety or were there cuts involved? Thanks in advance!
on April 22, 2014 6:19am
Patricia,
I played this several years ago and it's tough!  I looked all over for an organ score and had to get it ILL from Oberlin.  It was complete, although we cut the overture a bit, and edited some of the more pianistic bits.  I think it was a successful performance, but it takes a very fine organ as well as a very fine organist!  Good luck!
Lenora McCroskey
on April 22, 2014 4:23pm
My father-in-law, Dale Grotenhuis, once arranged it for organ and piano...it was powerful!
 
Joy Grotenhuis
 
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on May 26, 2014 6:29am
I have got (and used several times) the arrangement by Robert Munns - Peters Edition No. 70321.  Some of it is not ideal and I seem to remember there may be some mistakes.  I've done my own version of the overture, but I'm still not happy with it.  It needs further simplifying.
 
Also, I did my own version of it for a concert 2 weeks ago, which needs strings, oboes, 2 trumpets, 2 horns & timps and I condensed the rest into an organ part.  I've also done similar things for Creation, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Brahms Requiem, Elgar Te Deum, Mendelssohn Vom Himmel Hoch & Hear my prayer.  Whilst saving a lot of money on players, they retain a good overall orchestral feel.
on May 27, 2014 5:46am
Mendelssohn wrote extensively for the organ, and thus a lot of his music translates well.  There are some tricks, but I've played this score from the piano reduction with some success.  I find it best to treat it as an organ work and not try to make all the coloristic gestures that are a part of the orchestration.  The choral and solo music stand alone well, and just a good support from the organ is sufficient.  Those huge "baal" choruses are just such fun to do on the keyboard!  Did I play every note ... no ... but enough to give the flavor and support the choir and soloists.  I have seen a Schirmer score that is a reduction of the orchestral score on three staves.  You might contact Schirmer and see if they will make a copy for you. 
on May 28, 2014 1:05pm
I did Elijah this year with my choir and wanted the organ score to use at church and in rehearsals. I was able to borrow it from the Bagaduce Lending Library. I found it very easy to play from.
on May 29, 2014 3:57am
My college choir sang the entire work for a Spring concert once. It was a small college and we combined with other local community choirs to accomplish it. We perfromed it with 2-hand organ. Now I was just a Sophomore at the time so I didn't pay attention to the addition or if the 2 organists were completely needed all the time. But the concert was wonderful and exposed us to a fantastic work which we had the skill to sing, but not the funds.
 
Do it! :)
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