Ralf Wehner (*1964) Leipzig Edition of the Works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – BV 317
edited by the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Awarded the German Music Edition Prize 2010
684 pages | 17,5 x 27,5 cm | 1,800 g | ISBN: 978-3-7651-0317-9 | Linen
How vast is Mendelssohn's oeuvre? Most of his approx. 750 compositions were still unpublished in the 1960s. The publication of many early works within the framework of the Complete Edition has been gratefully noted by the musical world. Yet a scholarly, scientific overview of Mendelssohn's works was still missing. He was the last great composer of the 19th century without a complete work catalogue. Ralf Wehner's thematic catalogue closes this gap.
It organizes the body of works into 26 groups and assigns each work its own MWV number. Within the groups, the individual pieces are arranged chronologically. Also included in the MWV are all known collective manuscripts and prints, information on works of dubious authenticity and on Mendelssohn's arrangements, as well as his editions of works by other composers. Wehner's work is based on the examination of material and information from more than 1,500 libraries, c. 15,000 auction catalogues and about 12,000 letters. The succinct account of the history of the work, its publication and reception gives the MWV its profile as a compact study edition.
"Thematisch-systematisches Verzeichnis der musikalischen Werke" als Studien-Ausgabe erhebt mit seinen mühsam recherchierten, geduldig gesammelten und akribisch verzeichneten Werk-, Quellen- und Aufführungsdaten Standardanspruch auf die nächsten Jahrzehnte." (Buchhändler Heute)
"Ein Nachschlagewerk, das keine Wünsche offen lässt und in keiner Musikbibliothek fehlen darf!" (Singende Kirche)
An overview on the MWV numbering system you will find on the webiste of the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig.