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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

June 2017
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Although he was born nearly 40 years after Beethoven, Mendelssohn's music also spans the transition from classical to romantic. He had great ability to create romantic mood, though his music is rarely sentimental and always tempered by awareness of the classical tradition that preceded him. Mendelssohn's music was immensely popular in Victorian England; his Italian and Scottish symphonies, the Violin Concerto and the incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream are still among the most frequently played. Lovers of chamber music rank his work highly, with his best works on a par with those of Haydn and Beethoven.

Like Mozart, Mendelssohn was a child prodigy: he played his first public concert at nine years old. His string Octet, written at age 16, is a work of extraordinary maturity. Unlike Mozart, he was born into a wealthy family, and given the best education that could be found. The most notable event of his early years was his family's conversion to Christianity (in which his name changed to Mendelssohn Bartholdy, which often appears today on recordings and concert listings). He seems to have been a charming man unspoilt by the family wealth: he worked prodigiously hard, and his scores show meticulous attention to detail.

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List of works
6 Preludes and Fugues, Op.35A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61: suiteA Midsummer Night's Dream incidental music, Op.61A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: IntermezzoA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: NocturneA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: ScherzoA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: Wedding MarchA Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21Allegro Brillant, Op.92As pants the hare, (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Ave Maria, Op.23 no.2Capriccio in E minor for string quartet, Op.81 no.3Cello Sonata no. 1 in B flat major, Op.45Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Clarinet Sonata in E flat majorConcerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorDa Israel aus Ägypten zog "Psalm 114", Op.51Die Deutsche Liturgie, B57Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorElijah, Op.70Fantasia in E on "The last rose of summer", Op.15Fantasy in F sharp minor "Scottish sonata", Op.28Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Eden, Op.79 no.1Hark! the herald angels singHear My PrayerHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Hör mein BittenInfelice, Op.94Largo and Allegro in D minor, for piano and stringsLe SongeLieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoOrgan sonata no. 2 in C minor, Op.65Organ sonata no. 3 in A major "Con Moto Maestoso", Op.65Organ sonata no.1 in F minor, Op.65Organ sonata no.4 in B flat major, Op.65Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op.25Piano Sextet in D major, Op.110Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op.37 no.1Prelude and fugue in B minor, Op.35 no.3Prelude and fugue in D major, Op.35 no.2Psalm 100: Jauchzet dem Herrn alle WeltPsalm 43: Richte mich, Gott, Op.78 no.2Psalm 95 "Come, let us sing", Op.46Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen Op.59Selected songsSong without words in A major "Duetto", Op.38 no.6Song without words in B flat major, Op.67 no.3Song without words in B minor, Op.67 no.5Song without words in C major "Spinnerlied", Op.67 no.4Song without words in E flat major, Op.53 no.2Song without words in E major, Op.67 no.6String Octet in E flat major, Op.20String Quartet in E flat major, Op.44 no.3String Quartet in E minor Op.44 no.2String Quartet no. 1 in E flat major, Op.12String Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Op.13String Quartet no. 3 in D major, Op.44 no.1String Quartet no. 4 in A minor, Op.44 no.2String Quartet no. 6 in F minor, Op.80String Quintet in A major, Op.18String Quintet no. 2 in B flat major, Op.87String Symphony no. 1 in C majorString Symphony no. 9 in C major "Swiss"String symphonies, nos. 1-12String symphony no. 10 in B minorSymphony no. 1 in C minor, Op.11Symphony no. 2 in B flat major, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise), Op.52Symphony no. 3 in A minor, "Scottish", Op.56Symphony no. 4 in A major "The Italian", Op.90Symphony no. 5 in D, "Reformation", Op.107The Fair Melusina, overture in F major, Op.32Three Psalms, Op.78Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Vespergesang Op.121Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F majorVon Himmel hoch, choral cantata