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BA9099-90

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64

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    1. Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
    2. Editors: R. Larry Todd, Clive Brown
    3. Instrumentation: Violin, Piano Reduction
    4. ISMN: 979-000656434-7
    5. Size: 9.2 x 12.2 inches
    6. Pages: 77
    7. Urtext / Critical Edition

    Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto op. 64, is a key work of the 19th century, adhering to the classical style of Beethoven while pointing the way to the romantic ethos of Brahms. It has long been known that Mendelssohn performed the work with three soloists in succession: Ferdinand David, who worked closely with the composer during its composition and played it at the première; the ‘child prodigy' Joseph Joachim; and Hubert Léonard, a young Belgian virtuoso about whom little is known.

    As proof sheets for the Violin Concerto in E minor were long considered lost, it could be described as somewhat of a sensation when proofs for the solo violin part resurfaced together with a letter from Mendelssohn to Léonard.

    The letter informs us that the composer invited Léonard to his home in Frankfurt in order to make his acquaintance. It was already known that Mendelssohn had given proof sheets to David; now we know that he also gave some to Léonard.

    The recently discovered proofs reveal how Léonard played the concerto with Mendelssohn on that memorable evening in February 1845. Besides containing bowing marks and fingering, they also show how Léonard executed shifts of position and where he employed open strings. Furthermore modifications made to dynamic markings and additional legato bowing are shown.

    This edition replaces the older BA9050-90.