Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) A Midsummer Night's Dream – Overture MWV P 3 Op. 21
Urtext based on the Leipzig Mendelssohn Complete Edition edited by Christian Martin Schmidt [orch] duration: 12'
126.96.36.199. – 188.8.131.52.oph. – timp – str
Christian Martin Schmidt is laying bare to musical practice the original form of Mendelssohn's epoch-making Overture to “A Midsummer Night's Dream” buried beneath layers of falsified material for the first time.
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Autograph lays bare Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer Nights Dream
To this day, Mendelssohns epoch-making Overture to A Midsummer Nights Dream has been performed on the basis of a more than dubious transmission. Neither the first edition of the parts (1832), and certainly not the print of the score based on these parts (1835) go back directly to the autograph of the 17-year-old composer, which is now located in Krakow. No wonder, since Mendelssohn had breezily given away his original at an early date. The result: during his lifetime, versions were published with his authorization, even though they were full of unintended inconsistencies. Yet the autograph of 1826 is unequivocal: it is clear, practically free of irregularities and diverges considerably from the corrupted printed version. Christian Martin Schmidt comes up with occasionally differing musical passages, but above all with logical and compositionally compelling performance instructions, laying bare to musical practice the original form buried beneath layers of falsified material for the first time.
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