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Mendelssohn, Felix
Overture, The Fair MelusinaComposer: Mendelssohn, Felix
Performance date: April 08, 1987

Date composed: 1834


In one of Mendelssohn’s least-known orchestral works, the composer depicts in sound the two main characters in a legendary tale about the pursuit of forbidden knowledge: the fair, willowy Melusina, condemned to become a mermaid for one day a week, and her lover, the proud Count.
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Sinfonia No. X in B minorComposer: Mendelssohn, Felix
Performance date: January 25, 2013

Date composed: 1823


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Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 52 "Lobgesang"Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix
Performance date: February 08, 1984

Date composed: 1840


This is Mendelssohn’s “Choral Symphony.” If not quite on a level with Beethoven’s Choral Symphony (how many works are?), it nevertheless has manifold beauties that belie its present-day relegation to the fringes of the repertory (it used to be wildly popular). The Symphony incorporates biblical texts that serve as a metaphor for Gutenberg’s invention of movable type, which had done so much for the dissemination of Lutheranism.
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Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish"Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix
Performance date: November 10, 1992

Date composed: 1842


Is there anything really “Scottish” about Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony? Well, maybe. Perhaps the somber, melancholic opening suggests the brooding, misty Scottish land; the ebullient clarinet theme of the Scherzo may be based on a Scottish folk air, since the scale pattern corresponds to that of the country’s folk music; and the leaping, vigorous, dance-like main theme of the finale is thought by some to be a musical representation of the gathering of the clans. Decide for yourself!
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Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish"Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix
Performance date: February 08, 1995

Date composed: 1842


Is there anything really “Scottish” about Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony? Well, maybe. Perhaps the somber, melancholic opening suggests the brooding, misty Scottish land; the ebullient clarinet theme of the Scherzo may be based on a Scottish folk air, since the scale pattern corresponds to that of the country’s folk music; and the leaping, vigorous, dance-like main theme of the finale is thought by some to be a musical representation of the gathering of the clans. Decide for yourself!
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The Hebrides, Op. 26 (Fingal's Cave)Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix
Performance date: February 08, 1995

Date composed: 1832


While traveling in the Hebrides (a group of islands off the Scottish coast), Mendelssohn was inspired by a cave he explored there (Fingal’s Cave) to create this masterful evocation of its dark mystery and the brooding sea that surrounds it.
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