Violin Sonata in F minor (Mendelssohn)
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The Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 4, for violin and piano was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1825 and is the only one to carry an opus number. Mendelssohn composed two other violin sonatas, both in F major, that are without opus numbers.
Unlike his more famous violin work, the Violin Concerto in E minor, the sonata lacks dramatic exposition. However, it does contain a calm beauty that is typical of the composer's chamber music, and it demonstrates the brilliancy of his early compositions.
The work has three movements:
- Adagio - Allegro moderato
- Poco adagio
- Allegro agitato
A typical performance lasts about 22 minutes.
- Anderson, Keith (2001). Liner Notes to Mendelssohn: Works for Violin and Piano (Complete) (CD). Naxos Records. 8.554725.
- Todd, R. Larry (2003). Mendelssohn: A Life in Music. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-511043-9.
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