Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Reformation of Wolfshausen

Teil Fünf-und-Fünfzig
To hear Wilhelm Monteverdi's sermon, click on Elijah's miracle at right.


Or, if you're feeling more contemplative, you can read this week's episode by joining Elijah and the Israelites at lynching.

The story so far is here.

9 comments:

weirsdo said...

Mendelssohn's ELIJAH is my favorite oratorios: "Take all the prophets of Baal
And let not one of them escape you!"

Doug said...

I've never heard that, Weirsdo. Did he write it while a Lutheran or a Jew?

weirsdo said...

He was always a Lutheran, RBUD, so far as I know. His grandfather was forced to convert. But I think Felix had Jewish sympathies.

Doug said...

Weirsdo, I didn't know that. In my Lutheran church they were proud that he'd converted and eager to call him one of their own, while acknowledging that he was a convert.

weirsdo said...

P. S. You should listen to some bits of ELIJAH, at least. I like when they're looking out for the water, too: "I see a little cloud, like a man's hand" (I could be remembering wrong.)

weirsdo said...

I think I meant ONE of my favorite oratorios.
But it's right up there.

Doug said...

Not to fear, my eyes supplied the missing "one" and I just added it to my next Amazon order.

weirsdo said...

I read that his grandfather was a banker and would not have been able to do business under some new anti-Jewish laws if he had not converted. That doesn't mean Felix wasn't a sincere Lutheran, but that's what the biography said.

Doug said...

Weirsdo, most ELCA churches (like mine in Atlanta) love Mendellsohn better for being a Jew than for being a Lutheran.