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Leipzig Edition of the Works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Complete Works
By Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn

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Piano, 4-hands
Complete Works. Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Edited by Thomas Schmidt-Beste. Arranged by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn. Linen. Complete Works. Romantic period. Complete Works. 176 pages. Breitkopf and Haertel #SON 438. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.SON-438).

Item Number: BR.SON-438

ISBN 9790004803325. 9 x 12 inches.

The four-hand piano version of the Scottish Symphony was written by Mendelssohn in 1842, after he had finished the orchestral score, but before it was printed. A piano arrangement was an important element of publicity for him and his publisher, since this was the most effective way of getting an orchestral work known. When considering what a creative spirit Mendelssohn was, it is not surprising that he substantially altered the first and fourth movements in his arrangement, which, in its turn, left its mark on the score. The great diffusion of the work - and of the four-hand piano version above all - is certainly due in part to the fact that after its first edition by Breitkopf & Haertel in Leipzig, parallel editions were released in France and England, whereby a thank-you note from Prince Albert to Mendelssohn even suggests that he and his wife, Queen Victoria, played through the work at the piano from the dedicatory copy.

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