The Mendelssohn Symphony No. 1 in C Minor as a transition from the twelve string symphonies of Mendelssohn to his "Overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream"
AuthorPitts, Ralston O.
Keywordslecture recital document
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. Symphonies, no. 1, op. 11, C minor.
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AbstractFelix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Opus 11, is important primarily as a transitional work. It is the first work in which Mendelssohn deploys large orchestral forces in the traditional form of the symphony; thus, it provided Mendelssohn with the means of making the important transition from the relatively small, chamber-music ensemble in which he had previously worked (as represented by the "string symphonies") to large-scale symphonic works. Its historical or biographical importance definitely outweighs its importance as a musical work in its own right; this can be seen by the fact that it is much less performed today than other symphonies by Mendelssohn. In these later symphonies the composer displays his talents in a more fully developed form. Nonetheless, Symphony No. 1 has many excellent qualities. It has several memorable melodies and shows the working of a vigorous, youthful, though somewhat derivative musical intelligence. It has several brilliant and memorable moments, although considered as a whole it must still be regarded as a work that promises a greater talent than it displays.
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