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Mendelssohn, Felix    1809-1847    Germany


   Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage - Overture
       Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage - Overture (Meerstille und gluckliche Fahrt) (Mendelssohn)

1    Most recognized theme

       Fingal's Cave Overture "The Hebrides" Op 26 (Mendelssohn)

1    First theme - a deep sombre tune on bassoons, violas and cellos.


2    2nd theme on flutes


3    3rd theme, a flowing melody on the cellos.

       Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Mendelssohn)

1    Main tune


   Midsummer Night's Dream - Incidental Music
       Midsummer Night's Dream - Intermezzo (Mendelssohn)

1    First theme


2    Second theme


3    Third theme


4    Fourth theme, a jolly tune on the bassoon

       Midsummer Night's Dream - Notturno (Mendelssohn)

1    First theme, introduced on the horn.

       Midsummer Night's Dream - Overture Op. 21 (Mendelssohn)

1    Theme 1 is fairy-quiet delicate introduction on the strings.


2    This 2nd theme comes in with a huge blast on the brass,


3    the 3rd theme is much quieter than the second, re-introducing the fairy-tale quality of the overture.


4    This 4th theme is another lively one, contrasting with the 3rd theme.

       Midsummer Night's Dream - Scherzo (Mendelssohn)

1    First theme


2    Second theme

       Wedding March from Midsummer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn)

1    Main theme

       O for the Wings of a Dove from Motet - Hear My Prayer (Mendelssohn)

1    O for the Wings of a Dove from Motet - Hear My Prayer

       On Wings of Song (Mendelssohn)

1    On Wings of Song


   Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op 25
       Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op 25, 1st movement (Mendelssohn)

1    First introductory theme


2    Second theme, piano entry.


3    Third theme, by the piano


4    Fourth theme, by the piano.

       Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op 25, 2nd movement (Mendelssohn)

1    Main theme

       Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op 25, 3rd movement (Mendelssohn)

1    Main theme


   Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op 40
       Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op 40 - 1st movement (Mendelssohn)

1    First theme, (Introduction)


2    Second theme


3    Third theme

       Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op 40 - 2nd movement (Mendelssohn)

1    Main tune

       Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op 40 - 3rd movement (Mendelssohn)

1    Main Tune

       Ruy Blas Overture (Mendelssohn)

1    First tune, a slow introduction.


2    2nd theme


3    3rd theme


4    4th theme


5    5th theme

       Sadness of Soul, from Songs without Words (Mendelssohn)

1    Sadness of Soul, from Songs without Words


   Symphony No.3 in A Minor Op 56 "Scotch"
       Symphony No.3 in A Minor Op 56 "Scotch" 1st movement (Mendelssohn)

1    First theme

       Symphony No.3 in A Minor Op 56 "Scotch" 2nd movement (Mendelssohn)

1    Main theme of 2nd movement is a lively tune introduced by the clarinet.

       Symphony No.3 in A Minor Op 56 "Scotch" 3rd movement (Mendelssohn)

1    A slow plaintive tune on the first violins.

       Symphony No.3 in A Minor Op 56 "Scotch" 4th movement - allegro maestoso theme (Mendelssohn)

1    allegro maestoso theme


   Symphony No.4 in A Op 90 - Italian
       Symphony No.4 in A Op 90 - Italian - 1st movement (Mendelssohn)

1    First the on violins, accompanied by pulsating triplets.


2    The 2nd theme emerges on clarinets and bassoons, continuing the mood of Italian-style gaiety.

       Symphony No.4 in A Op 90 - Italian - 2nd movement (Mendelssohn)

1    Symphony No 4 in A Op 90 - Italian - 2nd Movt


2    The first theme is a sombre processional tune in D minor, introduced by the violas with the oboes, against a background of cellos and double basses playing a sort of walking bass in quavers.


3    The second theme on first violins continues the serious mood.


4    The 3rd theme is brighter, in A major, played by the clarinets.

       Symphony No.4 in A Op 90 - Italian - 3rd movement (Mendelssohn)

1    Symphony No 4 in A Op 90 - Italian - 3rd Movt


2    The trio theme starts on the horns with a gentle fanfare, and introduces trumpets later.

       Symphony No.4 in A Op 90 - Italian - 4th movement (Mendelssohn)

1    This is a Tarantella tune from Naples, which with its similar cousin from Rome, the Saltarello, dominates this fast movement. It is played on the flute.


   Violin Concerto in E minor
       Violin Concerto in E minor, 1st Movement (Mendelssohn)

1    First theme

       Violin Concerto in E minor, 2nd Movement (Mendelssohn)

1    Main theme, a soaring melody by the solo violinist.

       Violin Concerto in E minor, 3rd movement (Mendelssohn)

1    This brief brass passage is a sort of bridge from the andante movement into the vivace movement.


2    Here the soloist bursts into vivace mode.


3    Third theme


4    Fourth theme

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