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Organ Works, 1820–1835

Wm. A. Little

in Mendelssohn and the Organ

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394382
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863556 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394382.003.0011
Organ Works, 1820–1835

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This chapter reviews Mendelssohn's organ works from 1820-35. Within a span of less than six weeks — from 28 November 1820, through 6 January 1821 — Mendelssohn composed his first works for the organ. A cluster of five pieces — a Praeludium, three fugues, and a fragmentary toccata — all attest to his early fascination and involvement with classic organ forms. The first of Mendelssohn's organ works written in 1823 — the untitled Andante in D Major — represents a sharp break with the classical forms and style that had earlier dominated his thinking. More importantly, however, it represents his first tentative — and remarkably successful — venture into the realm of musical romanticism.

Keywords: Mendelssohn; organists; organ music; compositions

Chapter.  10443 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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