String Quintets op. 18 and 87
Editor: Ernst Herttrich
Urtext Edition, Study score, paperbound
Pages: 150 (XII, 138)
Order no. HN 9908 · ISMN 979-0-2018-9908-4
The genesis of Mendelssohn’s string quintets is closely connected to his friend Eduard Rietz and the latter’s brother Julius. Deeply affected by Eduard’s death in 1832, Mendelssohn exchanged the “Minuetto” movement in his A major Quintet op. 18, written six years previously, for a newly composed adagio. It was in this form that the work was finally sent to the publisher. The Quintet in B flat major was only published after Mendelssohn’s death; numerous, unauthorized entries by Julius Rietz thus found their way into performance practice. An examination of the autograph allowed us to return the work to its original form – the commentary contains detailed information on this.
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Henle's exemplary publication of these seriously underrated works will no doubt lead to a more informed assessment of Mendelssohn's work and personality and to more classically oriented interpretations of these delightful works. ... Henle's crystal-clear printing in the handy 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch book-size study score is a bonus in rehearsal, and the parts are spaciously laid out with painstaking attention to clarity and detail.
- String Quintet A major op. 18
- String Quintet B flat major op. 87