Cooper, John Michael; Klein, Hans-Günter

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Sinfonie A-Dur op. 90, »Italienische«


34.0 x 24.0 cm, hardback, 2 Bände, englischer und deutscher Kommentar, Band 1: 48 Seiten Text, 100 Seiten Faksimile, Band 2: 32 Seiten Text, 58 Seiten Faksimile, 24 einzelne Faksimileseiten als Beilage
178,00 €

ISBN: 9783895000010

Short Description

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy is known to have revised his A-major Symphony several times. This edition contains facsimile reproductions of the individual versions and fragments as well as comparative musicological commentaries. The set consists of three parts: the complete full-score autograph of 1833, the eleven full-score autograph sheets (Oxford fragments) containing earlier versions of the 1833 autograph, and the 1834 autograph score of movements II to IV.


Like many before and perhaps even many more after him, the young Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy saw in Italy the country of the greatest joy of living. In his letters that he wrote home to his family in Berlin from Venice, and even more in the ones from Rome, he was full of enthusiasm. It is therefore only natural that the composer soon went about writing a symphony. How far he had got with the symphony during his journey to Italy in the winter of 1830/1831 is not known, as no musical manuscripts have survived from this period. What has survived is the autograph score of the A-major symphony (later to be called the „Italian“ symphony), written down from January to April 1833 in Berlin. It was used for the première of the symphony on 13 May 1833 and served as the basis for the posthumously published first edition; it transmits the reading by which the symphony has been known until today.
It is little known that Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy worked on the symphony again in 1834, revising the movements II to IV, partly with substantial changes. He left out the first movement – he thought that he would have to rewrite it altogether and shied away from doing so. Thus, the second score – which is now held in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, together with the 1833 autograph – remained unfinished. Additional fragments have survived, which belong to the autograph score of 1833; the composer had taken them out of his autograph during a major revision in March/April 1833 (i.e., before the première).


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