Johann Valentin Meder (1649–1719)
Jubilate Deo omnis terra
for Bass Voice, Trumpet, Violin, and Continuo
Full Score & Instrumental Parts
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While Meder seems to have written a considerable number of compositions, only a few of them are extant. The present work, preserved in the Düben Collection in Uppsala, Sweden, uses the relatively uncommon scoring of trumpet, violin, bass voice, and basso continuo. (Notable examples of similar scoring include six cantatas (out of seventy-two) by Telemann from his Fortsetzung des Harmonischen Gottesdienstes written for trumpet (or optional oboe), violin, voice, and continuo.)
As would be expected based on the psalm text, the character of Meder’s setting is jubilant; the vocal part includes several extended fioriture, and the violin part makes use of multiple stops and extravagant arpeggios. While the trumpet makes a significant contribution to the work’s festive nature with its passage work and majestic timbre, the part does not place extraordinary demands on the player; its range is relatively conservative, spanning from the 4th to 13th partial (C4–A5), and the writing is quite idiomatic to the instrument.