Sensational new source

Mendelssohn‘s Violin Concerto op. 64

As proof sheets for Felix Mendelssohn‘s Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 were long considered lost, it could be described as somewhat of a sensa-tion when proofs for the solo violin part resurfaced together with a letter from Mendelssohn to the young Belgian violinist Hubert Léonard. The letter informs us that the composer invited Léonard to his home in Frankfurt in order to make his acquaintance. The proofs reveal how Léonard played the concerto with Mendelssohn on that memorable evening in February 1845. Besides containing bowing marks and fingering, they also show how Léonard executed shifts of position and where he employed open strings. Furthermore modifications made to dynamic markings and additional legato bowing are shown. It is safe to assume that all of this was done with Mendelssohn’s approval.

This revised edition of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (only the orchestral parts remain unchanged) includes a separate booklet on performance practice. The editor, Clive Brown, is an acknowledged expert on Romantic performance practice.

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto in e for Violin and Orchestra op. 64. Bärenreiter Urtext. Edited by R. Larry Todd and Clive Brown. Bärenreiter-Verlag 2018.
•    Score. BA 9099-00. € 60.–.
•    Version 1844: Piano Reduction with Urtext part. BA 9099-92. € 24.95.
•    Version 1845: Piano Reduction with Urtext part and performance part. BA 9099-90. € 21.95.
•    Clive Brown: Performance Practices in the Violin Concerto op. 64 and Chamber Music for Strings. BA 9060. € 15.50.