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Symphony No. 3 in A minor MWV N 18 Op. 56 Scottish

Urtext based on the Leipzig Mendelssohn Complete Edition

By Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn

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Orchestra ( - - timp - str)
Urtext based on the Leipzig Mendelssohn Complete Edition. Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Edited by Thomas Schmidt-Beste. Partitur-Bibliothek (Score Library).

The Urtext editions cast a new light on the often played Scottish Symphony which, incidentally, Mendelssohn never called as such.

Romantic. Study score. Breitkopf and Haertel #PB-5312-07. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.PB-5312-07).

Item Number: BR.PB-5312-07

ISBN 979-0-004-21202-8. 6.5 x 9 in inches.

The first performance of the Scottish Symphony took place under the direction of the composer on 3 March 1842 at the 19th subscription concert of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. A few months later (on 13 June 1842), Mendelssohn conducted the work's enthusiastically acclaimed London first performance with the Philharmonic Society. It was also around this time that Mendelssohn began forming the plan to dedicate the publication of the symphony - he had, after all, obtained the first impulses for its composition in the British Isles - to the young Queen Victoria. The symphony was published on 10 December 1842 in a version for piano duet written by the composer himself. It was released simultaneously by Breitkopf & Hartel in Leipzig, Ewer & Co. in London and by Benacci & Peschier. In March of the following year, Breitkopf & Hartel issued the score and parts. Mendelssohn again made considerable revisions for this print, which is the one that has since been used as the final version supervised and authorized by the composer.

Once again, musicological source studies preparing the publication of the volume in the Leipziger Mendelssohn-Ausgabe have provided a major surprise: the London version of June 1842 has survived in a copy of the score. Only with this score can the composer's (first) revision after the first performance in Leipzig be interpreted lucidly. A new light is thus cast on the often played Scottish Symphony which, incidentally, Mendelssohn never called as such.

Die vorbildliche Urtext-Neuausgabe, die in der Partiturbibliothek bei Breitkopf & Hartel erschienen ist, basiert unter anderem auf der autographen Partitur, die in der Biblioteka Jagiellonska in Krakow aufbewahrt wird. (Die Tonkunst)

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