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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
T.S. Eliot The Four Quartets

Mendelssohn, String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87

December 18th, 2011

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87, 1845

Felix MendelssohnMendelssohn’s second viola quintet dates from last years of his composing career. By this point he had written all of his chamber music save the final string quartet, Op. 80, and a few isolated quartet movements that were since bundled and published in s a composite set as Op. 81. Within two years, Mendelssohn would be dead and this final quintet would remain unpublished due to his feeling that the work was somehow not finished. Mendelssohn wrote his first quintet some twenty years earlier when he was seventeen. And although the precocious Mendelssohn was already a master by the standards of lesser mortals, it is the second quintet that lasts in the repertoire as the mature masterwork, the next historical landmark for the viola quintet after Mozart. (Beethoven wrote a viola quintet in 1801 called “The Storm” but it is not included in the traditional canon). « more »

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