Felix took violin lessons from Eduard Rietz. When he was eleven, Rietz thought it was time for him to play in a string quartet.
In this way, Felix became well acquainted with works by Haydn and Mozart. At the age of fourteen he composed his first quartet, in which he still heavily relied on their example. Two years later, he composed his masterly octet opus 20 and dedicated it to Rietz, with whom he had meanwhile developed a close friendship. For the rest, the unruly nature of this work even sparked off an argument between Felix and his father. Opus numbers often give rise to confusion; the string quartet in E flat major featured on this CD is known as opus However, it is actually his third quartet, composed two years after opus By far the bestknown movement is the Canzonetta, which is also frequently performed as an independent work.
The quartet is cyclic: themes heard in previous movements make their reappearance in the finale. Felix composed most of opus 12 during a long and successful visit to England. He inscribed the letters BP at the beginning of the work. Three years earlier, a romance had begun to blossom between Felix and Betty, until her father forbade them to see each other.
Probably anti-Semitism played a part in this.
Gossip was circulating about Betty, who loves music so much Felix composed his quintet opus 18 at the age of seventeen. The work is all too frequently overlooked, having been written so soon after the marvellous octet. The Scherzo is of the featherlight variety, for which Mendelssohn seemed to have taken out a patent. The second movement, Intermezzo, was composed at a later date.
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Mendelssohn was dissatisfied with the original menuet and a tragic event provided the final impetus for him to replace this movement. E minor 3. Poco Andante. C major 4. Allegro Assai G major.
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