A short while ago Henle issued Mendelssohn’s second Violoncello Sonata, op. 58. Now the first Sonata, op. 45, is available for the first time as Urtext edition with a flawless music text. A preface and critical commentary provide detailed information on this major contribution to the romantic violoncello repertoire.
- Violoncello Sonata B flat major op. 45
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy composed three large-scale works for piano and cello: the Variations (op. 17) and the IV Sonatas in Bb (op. 45) and D major (op. 58). The Variations originated as early as 1829 and were published by Mechetti of Vienna as Variations concertants [sic] pour le Pianoforte et Violoncelle in 1831. Mendelssohn Bartholdy dedicated the piece to his brother … more
About the composer
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
A German composer, conductor, pianist, and organist who already numbered among the most important composers in Europe during his lifetime. While still young he found a unique tonal language. Reflected in his oeuvre, which spans all genres, are the contradictory tendencies of the age – Classicism and Romanticism. His endeavors over the course his life to perform the works of Johann Sebastian Bach led to a “rediscovery” of that composer which continues unabated. His intensive engagement with Bach and his counterpoint influenced his own compositional technique.
|1809||Born into a wealthy banker’s family in Hamburg on February 3. Escape to Berlin with his parents in 1811. First musical instruction from his mother.|
|1819||He becomes a pupil of Carl Friedrich Zelter.|
|1820||Joins the Sing-Akademie in Berlin.|
|1821–23||Twelve sinfonias for strings.|
|1825||String Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20.|
|1826||Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Op. 21|
|1827||Begins studies at the University of Berlin.|
|1829||Revival of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Berlin on March 11 and 21. Travels to England and Scotland.|
|1829–30||“Reformation” Symphony in D minor, [Op. 107], with inclusion of the choral “Ein feste Burg“ (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.)|
|1830–32||Extended travels, including to Italy and France. Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 25; Overture in B minor, Op. 26, “The Hebrides, or Fingal’s Cave” (1829–30).|
|1833||Music director in Düsseldorf. “Italian” Symphony in A major, Op. 90 (1830–33).|
|1835||Director of the Gewandhaus concerts in Leipzig.|
|1836||Premiere in Düsseldorf of his oratorio “St. Paul: Oratorio on Words of the Holy Bible,” Op. 36.|
|1838-44||Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64.|
|1840||Composition of “Hymn of Praise, a Symphony-Cantata on Words of the Holy Bible,” Op. 52.|
|1841||Berlin, in the service of the Prussian king. “Variations sérieuses” in D minor, Op. 54, for piano.|
|1842||Completion of Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”) in A minor, Op. 56, with a songlike opening.|
|1843||Incidental music to Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Op. 61. Director of the newly founded Leipzig Conservatory.|
|1846||Premiere of his oratorio “Elijah,” Op. 70, in Birmingham.|
|1847||String Quartet in F minor, [Op. 80]. Death in Leipzig on November 4.|
About the authors
Après la parution de la "Deuxième Sonate pour violoncelle opus 58", c'est maintenant la "Sonate opus 45" qui est publiée pour la première fois. On dispose ainsi enfin d'une information exhaustive, comprenant un excellent texte musical, une préface ainsi qu'un commentaire critique, sur cette contribution majeure au répertoire romantique pour violoncelle.
Nach der kürzlich bei Henle erschienenen zweiten Violoncellosonate Opus 58 wird Mendelssohns Opus 45 erstmals als Urtextausgabe vorgelegt. Endlich wird mit exzellentem Notentext, Vorwort und Kritischem Kommentar erschöpfende Information zu diesem bedeutenden Beitrag zur romantischen Celloliteratur geboten.
The editors offers a preface with background notes as well as notes on the text’s sources. As befits this publishing house the layout for both cello and piano scores is generous.
This is one of three large-scale works for Cello and Piano and was completed in 1838. The present edition provides a set of performance parts and an editioral commentary outlining the sources used is given at the end of the publication, detailing necessary revisions and alterations.