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A Cantata by Mendelssohn on the Quatercentary of Gutenberg


During ceremonies dedicating a new statue of Johannes Gutenberg, in the city of Leipzig's quadicentennial celebration of the invention of printing, Felix Mendelssohn's Festgesang -- a cantata for male chorus, brass, and tympani to honor Gutenberg-- was first performed in the town square by a chorus of 200 men, 16 trumpets, and 20 trombones. The melody bears a strong relationship to the song "Hark the Herald, Angels Sing."

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