1821: Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 2 in D Major, age 12

Mr. Peabody Says:

I know what I was doing between the age of 12 and 14, and it was not composing symphonies. But Mendelssohn composed 13. This 1st symphony is in D major and is around 10 and 1/2 minutes long. His most prominent teacher was Carl Friedrich Zelter, an advisor in matters musical to none other than Goethe.

Lev Markiz/Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam

Nicholas Ward/Northern Chamber Orchestra

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante – B minor
  3. Allegro vivace

Felix Mendelssohn wrote thirteen string symphonies between 1821 and 1823, when he was between 12 and 14 years old. They were tributes to symphonies by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714), Joseph Haydn (1732), Johann Christian Bach (1735), and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756).

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