Berlin: N. Simrock [PN 4717], [ca. 1880].
Folio. 35 pp. score + 18 parts, with imprint Bonn: N. Simrock [PN 4710], 8 Frs. | 2 Thlr 4 Sgr. Engraved. Text in German.
From the library of composer E.J. Biedermann (1849-1933), with his signature in pencil to head of violin I part; small oval handstamp of G. Schirmer to all parts.
With performance letters in blue pencil to parts.
Score slightly worn; Violin I part quite worn; split and frayed at spine; other parts slightly worn.
First Edition of this arrangement. Score is a re-issue following Simrock's move to Berlin; parts are an earlier issue. Wehner MWV D 6, p. 80.
One of the most gifted and versatile prodigies, Mendelssohn stood at the forefront of German music during the 1830s and 40s, as conductor, pianist, organist and, above all, composer. His musical style, fully developed before he was 20, drew upon a variety of influences, including the complex chromatic counterpoint of Bach, the formal clarity and gracefulness of Mozart and the dramatic power of Beethoven and Weber.
Mendelssohn’s emergence into the first rank of 19th-century German composers coincided with efforts by music historiographers to develop the concept of a Classic–Romantic dialectic in 18th and 19th-century music. To a large degree, his music reflects a fundamental tension between Classicism and Romanticism in the generation of German composers after Beethoven." R. Larry Todd in Grove Music Online
Maximilian Carl Eberwein, son of composer Franz Carl Eberwein, was a noted pianist and pedagogue. His arrangement of the present work for full orchestra was first published in 1848.
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