[Op. 54]. 17 Variations sérieuses pour le Piano. Felix MENDELSSOHN.

[Op. 54]. 17 Variations sérieuses pour le Piano ...

Oeuvre 54.

Vienne: C.A. Spina [PN P.M. No. 3604], [ca. 1866].

Small folio. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 3-15, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.

Small oval handstamp of Beer & Schirmer, New York, to blank foot of title; small circular embossed stamp of Essex Institute to upper outer corner of first several leaves.

Disbound. Somewhat worn, browned, and foxed; plates quite worn resulting in poor impression; upper inner corners dampstained; first leaf detached; tears to title repaired with old tape.

Spina re-issue from first edition plates. MWV U 156, p. 343. Krause 230. Not in Ward Jones. Hoboken 10, 223 (first edition).

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.

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