Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy wrote three major works for cello and piano, a task he particularly enjoyed since his brother Paul was a cellist. Following the early Variations op. 17 (1829) and the Sonata no. 1 in B flat major, op. 45 (1839), the op. 58 grand Sonata (1843) qualifies as the high point in Mendelssohn’s oeuvre for cello.
- Violoncello Sonata D major op. 58
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy composed three large-scale works for piano and cello: the Variations (op. 17)) and the Sonatas in B-flat (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 dedicated the piece to his brother Paul, an … 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.|
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... The work consists of four substantial movements finishing with a Molto Allegro e vivace. The present edition contains a thorough editorial commentary including a list of the four sources used.
Ein besonderes Plus: In einem Beiheft werden zusätzlich zur praktischen Stimme die beiden wichtigsten Quellen der Solostimme vollständig ediert. Ein Zentralwerk der romantischen Celloliteratur, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdys Violoncellosonate D-dur op. 58 hier erstmals in Urtext-Qualität mit praxiserprobten Wendestellen und dem Fingersatz von K. Schilde und C. Kanngiesser (HN 668).
... Les Sonates pour violoncelle constituent un chaînon important entre celles de Beethoven et de Brahms ... L'édition Henle reprend l'édition Rudolf Evers, les doigtés de la partie de piano sont de Klaus Schilde et les doigtés et coups d'archet de Claus Kanngiesser. Les remarques relatives au texte musical sont réunies en fin de volume.
The editors offer 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.