Friday, 24 February 2012

Mendelssohn Octet in E Flat Major, Op. 20

Now here is one of my absolute favourite pieces of music.  It has particular significance in my life and I played it many times whilst commuting back and forth to the North of England about 25 years ago.  I intend writing a post about this on my other blog at some stage.

This music is quite extraordinary because it was written by a 16 year old genius - non other than Felix Mendelssohn himself.

I have found a good quality performance of the first movement. The work is in four movements. The third is by far the most well known but I like this first movement which I think is wonderful. Enjoy with cheese and crackers.

Since posting a dear friend of mine has found an amazing rendition of the first movement with a double bass adding even more beauty to this masterpiece. Also the performers deal with pizzicato passages superbly. So I am adding this version for those interested (in two parts).

To me the music itself conveys alternating moods of joy and sadness. It seems that way and about three quarters through sheer desperation gains prominence until just before the end when the tempo picks up again the mood changes for the last time to a feeling of hope and joy. Well that's how it affects me. Hope you like it.

1 comment:

  1. Don't know how I missed this post! LOL Fabulous performance and I can just imagine you driving with this on, full blast! LOL Cheese and crackers? I think this calls for good bottle of wine! LOL Cheers!


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