Composer:   Felix Mendelssohn
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Public Domain (CPDL)
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Piano


Sean Vogt
The Apollo Club, Artistic Director and Conductor. Cathedral of Saint Paul, Choirmaster
R&R Chair Music in Worship

This is one of my favorite Mendelssohn pieces. The piano part is gorgeous, the choral writing accessible, and the message universal. It begins with unison men, joined shortly by unison women. It is not until after the midway point that the choir is four-part, and the writing is so chorale-based that choirs do not struggle learning it. Because the piece is so approachable, learning the German is not difficult. Your choir will feel like they’ve accomplished something big here: major composer, foreign language, and overall enjoyable and rewarding for both singer and listener. The universal text makes this appropriate almost any time of year:

In these our days so perilous
Lord, peace in mercy send us;
No God but thee can fight for us,
No God but thee defend us;
Thou our only God and Savior.