Cello Sonata No. 2 (Mendelssohn)

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Felix Mendelssohn's Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58 was composed in late 1842 (announced in November letters) — first half of 1843 (published in July by F. Kistner).[1] The main theme of the first movement is a reworking of an unrealised Piano Sonata in G major.[1] The Cello Sonata, which was dedicated to the Russian/Polish cellist Count Mateusz Wielhorski, has four movements:

  1. Allegro assai vivace
  2. Allegretto scherzando in B minor
  3. Adagio in G major
  4. Molto allegro e vivace

A typical performance lasts 25 minutes.

Of particular interest is the Adagio, because it mirrors Mendelssohn's fascination with the music of J. S. Bach. (He was then musical director of the Gewandhaus concerts at Leipzig and, as such, Bach's distant successor.) The movement consists of a chorale in Bach's typical style, played by the piano in rich arpeggios. In between the phrases of the chorale, the cello plays recitative-like passages, which resemble the recitative of the Fantasia in the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903, and quotes its final passage.[2]



  1. ^ a b R. Larry Todd (28 October 2013). Mendelssohn Essays. Routledge. pp. 275–. ISBN 978-1-135-86669-3.
  2. ^ Wolfgang Dinglinger: "Die Arpeggien sind ja eben der Haupteffect." Anmerkungen zum Adagio der zweiten Cellosonate op. 58 von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. In: Cordula Heymann-Wentzel, Johannes Laas: Musik und Biographie: Festschrift für Rainer Cadenbach. Königshausen & Neumann, 2004, ISBN 382602804X, pp. 65–68]

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