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Cantata by Mendelssohn to Honor Gutenberg (June 1840)


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 -- was first performed in the town square by a chorus of 200 men, 16 trumpets, and 20 trombones.