London: J. Alfred Novello ... 69, Dean Strt. Soho, & 24, Poultry [PN 550], .
Folio. Unbound. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 41, [i] (publisher's catalogue) pp. Engraved throughout. With "Novello's Edition of the Works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Op. 42" printed to head of title.
Publisher's blindstamp to title dated "20 9 49" (20 September 1849).
Slightly worn; small edge tears; minor soiling to outer leaves; abrasion to final leaf with small hole; significant tear to pp. 5/6, with no loss.
Scarce early edition. MWV A15.
"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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