Unfinished 6th symphony by Felix Mendelssohn (1845)

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gprengel
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Unfinished 6th symphony by Felix Mendelssohn (1845)

Post by gprengel » Thu May 30, 2019 2:14 am

Last year I made the most interesting discovery that in the month his violin concerto had it's first performance (March/April 1845) Mendelssohn was working on a 6th symphony in C-Major! For the 1st mov. he wrote the first about 80 bars in full score and some sketches for the 2nd theme and the development. This fascinated me so much that I tried to make a full movement of it.

I finally could also get the sketches for a second movement from a library in Oxford and made it to complete also this to a whole Andante movement of about 14 minutes.
The first 2:50 minutes are based on a full melody sketch with various hints to the accompaniement by Mendelssohn. After orchestrating this I continued with a new middle part with various themes with each increasing in strength and coming to a dramatic climax with an appassionate fugato.
After this various variations of Mendelssohn's beautiful Andante theme follow until a recapitulation of the beginning and a most tender final variation.

I.Allegro

http://www.gerdprengel.de/Mendelssohn_u ... phony1.mp3
http://www.gerdprengel.de/Symphony_in_C_Allegro.pdf

II. Andante cantabile

http://www.gerdprengel.de/Mendelssohn_u ... ndante.mp3
http://www.gerdprengel.de/Mendelssohn_u ... ndante.pdf

It would help me to get your impressions ... Thank you

Regards, Gerd

gprengel
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Re: Unfinished 6th symphony by Felix Mendelssohn (1845)

Post by gprengel » Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:51 pm

Any coments?

Belle
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Re: Unfinished 6th symphony by Felix Mendelssohn (1845)

Post by Belle » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:56 pm

What a very exciting project for you and I admire your dedication and efforts. I did not know this about a 6th symphony by Mendelssohn. It will take some time to go over your work, but it's difficult in the absence of the original score/sketches. Also, it presents a challenge trying to attempt this kind of thing, as Sussmayer might well tell if he were alive.

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Re: Unfinished 6th symphony by Felix Mendelssohn (1845)

Post by lennygoran » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:55 am

Belle wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:56 pm
What a very exciting project for you and I admire your dedication and efforts. I did not know this about a 6th symphony by Mendelssohn. It will take some time to go over your work, but it's difficult in the absence of the original score/sketches. Also, it presents a challenge trying to attempt this kind of thing, as Sussmayer might well tell if he were alive.
Belle this was interesting to me-I found a discussion of it here:

http://www.unsungcomposers.com/forum/in ... pic=7008.0

Regards, Len

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