48 pages, large folio (c.41.5 x 27cms), the leaves written on one side and then pasted back-to-back, with the composer's copyright notice at the foot of the first page (1941), some clefs stencilled, a few inked over, contemporary cloth boards, with title to cover, April 1941, trimmed by the binder, hinges reinforced with tape
Korngold's "Passover Psalm" is apparently unpublished: performing materials were issued for hire, but we have traced no commercial edition. The words are taken from the Haggada, by Jacob Sonderling, chief rabbi of the Jewish community of Los Angeles, who commissioned the work.
The "Passover Psalm" dates from the height of Korngold's highly successful Hollywood career, which included scores such as Anthony Adverse (1936), Robin Hood (1938), Elizabeth and Essex (1939), The Sea Hawk (1940) and Kings Row (1941). Whilst from 1934 to 1946, Korngold was closely connected with Warner Brothers, in the early 1900’s, he had been hailed by Mahler as a "genius", and throughout his life he composed chamber music, lieder, works for the stage and the concert hall. Of particular renown is the Violin Concerto in D Major, one of the most widely-performed such works in the twentieth-century concert repertory.
This is Korngold's orchestration manuscript: he has written the vocal parts in ink and added the orchestral parts in pencil. The writing is fluent and detailed, the orchestration full and richly-textured.
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