Mr. Peabody Says:
This is yet another piece of music written by Mendelssohn when he was in his early teens. The best info I’ve been able to find says that this was composed between 1821 and 1822. I have not been able to find a page with much info about it, but of course the most interesting thing is how young he was during the composition.
Still no info:
Below are two performances I found. It is beyond belief that no one has written an extensive article on this piece, but I can find nothing. It’s nothing like Mendelssohn’s mature works, but it’s better than most of the compositions of other composers of the time written as adults. I may add notes later about what is happening, since I found nothing.
I could only find these two recordings, and I feel lucky to have found this at all. The 1st is valuable because we can see young Mendelssohn’s handwriting, and it’s amazingly neat. And according to that score, the 2nd recording has cut 1/3 of the last movement.
But it’s more than that, and this is the mystery. There are too radically different versions. Yet I can find nothing about this anywhere. I would like to think that the longer version, which is clearly better, is something that older Mendelssohn did, because if the better version is his earlier one, and he gutted it, that would be depressing.