1821: Mendelssohn: String Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major, age 12

Mr. Peabody Says:

This is also from September, when the young genius was still 13. The 5th string symphony is in Bb major and is around 11 minutes long. His most prominent teacher was Carl Friedrich Zelter, who almost had him do the Walpurgisnacht Cantata at age 12.

Nicholas Ward/Northern Chamber Orchestra

  1. Allegro vivace
  2. Andante – F major
  3. Presto

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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