Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)

A Midsummer Night's Dream. Overture op. 21

An enchanted night, virtually fragrant dreams, floating fairies – the sensory associations evoked and fashioned by the music of Mendelssohn’s overture A Midsummer Night’s Dream are almost inexhaustible. Written by the composer in 1826 in a carefree summer spent between the summerhouse and his siblings, this is without doubt Mendelssohn’s most popular concert overture. The renowned musicologist Friedhelm Krummacher shows in the introduction how finely Mendelssohn interwove motifs and themes. He also looks into the origins of the work, especially a conjectural first sketch, which is reproduced in facsimile in the appendix.

To mark the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth, Bärenreiter in cooperation with the Biblioteka Jagiellonska Kraków is publishing a high-quality facsimile designed for the bibliophile, vividly bringing the composer’s delicate handwriting to life.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Overture op. 21

Bärenreiter Facsimiles

Facsimile of the autograph score in the Biblioteka Jagiellonska, Kraków
Edited by Friedhelm Krummacher
Documenta Musicologica II, 41
60 + 12 pages of facsimile and approx. 14 pages of introduction (Eng/Ger/Jap)
half-linen; hardback
ISBN 978-3-7618-2116-9

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