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Unfinished 6th symphony by Felix Mendelssohn (1845)


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gprengel
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« on: November 04, 2018, 05:44:25 pm »

In the beginning of this year I made the most interesting discovery that in the month his violin concerto had it's first performance (March/April 1845) Mendelssohn was working on a 6th symphony in C-Major! For the 1st mov. he wrote the first about 80 bars in full score and some sketches for the 2nd theme and the development. This fascinated me so much that I tried to make a full movement of it.

I finally could also get the sketches for a second movement from a library in Oxford and made it to complete also this to a whole Andante movement of about 14 minutes.
The first 2:50 minutes are based on a full melody sketch with various hints to the accompaniement by Mendelssohn. After orchestrating this I continued with a new middle part with various themes with each increasing in strength and coming to a dramatic climax with an appassionate fugato.
After this various variations of Mendelssohn's beautiful Andante theme follow until a recapitulation of the beginning and a most tender final variation.

I.Allegro

http://www.gerdprengel.de/Mendelssohn_unfinished_symphony1.mp3
http://www.gerdprengel.de/Symphony_in_C_Allegro.pdf

II. Andante cantabile

http://www.gerdprengel.de/Mendelssohn_unfinished_symphony_Andante.mp3
http://www.gerdprengel.de/Mendelssohn_unfinished_symphony_Andante.pdf

It would help me to get your impressions and hints for improvements ... Thank you!

Regards, Gerd
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2018, 09:25:37 pm »

Great job, Gerd! This is a wonderful realisation of this Mendelssohn sketch. Also, the Garritan orchestra (that's what you're doing, right) seems more realistic than earlier midi sounds. And interesting choices for the continuation (original part).
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2018, 11:10:39 pm »

Thank you, ...
No, I didn't use Garritan Personal Orchestra. The tool is NotePerformer :-)

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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2018, 01:09:44 am »

Great job!  But horns and trumpets in C?  I am quite impressed with your effort though I am not a Mendelssohn expert.  You should submit it to a musicologist/Mendelssohn expert for feedback because one thing that I was slightly surprised was, the trumpets were a bit more chromatic than I would have expected.  But perhaps that isn't unusual with this composer in 1845.  Impressive.
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