L.A.S. "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy", Leipzig 21 January 1836, to Erich VERKENIUS in Cologne; 3 pages in-4, address; in German.
Nice letter about Handel, and about the oratorio Paulus .
[Shortly after the death of his father, the Berlin banker Abraham Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, who died on November 19, 1835, Felix wrote to his friend the Cologne lawyer Erich VERKENIUS (1776-1841), one of the most influential personalities in Rhineland musical life, co-founder and director of the Lower Rhine Music Festival (Niederrheinische Musikfest), for which Mendelssohn was often invited by Verkenius. This is the preparation of the 18th Festival which will take place in May in Düsseldorf, with Handel's Te Deum for which Verkenius asked Mendelssohn to hold the organ part and to instrument it, and where the oratorio Paulus will be premiered on May 22, 1836, at the opening of the festival in Düsseldorf, under the direction of the composer, who is in the process of completing its composition].
Verkenius probably learned of the misfortune that befell Mendelssohn and his family; it was the hardest blow that could strike them, and it will be difficult for him to bear this pain with the calm and devotion he is supposed to keep? As he sought above all to be constantly occupied and not to stop in the accomplishment of his tasks, it was dear to him to be able to play the organ part for Handel's Te Deum soon, and he will be happy to hear that Verkenius had it played in the cathedral. As he wrote the parts without further ado, it is likely that there will be many mistakes to correct ... It will probably not be easy to find the most appropriate registers to fill the cathedral and not to cover the voices too much. Mendelssohn assumes that at the beginning of the printed score, there is a significant typographical error (as many others), namely that the names of the instruments should begin with Violino I instead of Oboe I, and Violino II instead of Oboe