12 Fugues for String Quartet, MWV R 1-17 (Mendelssohn, Felix)

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Fugue in D minor (No.1)

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Fugue in F major (No.10)

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General Information

Work Title 12 Fugues for String Quartet
Alternative. Title
Composer Mendelssohn, Felix
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. MWV R 1-17
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. None [force assignment]
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 12 fugues
1. Fugue in D minor, MWV R 1 (91 bars)
2. Fugue in C major, MWV R 2 (99 bars)
3. Fugue in D minor, MWV R 3 (72 bars)
4. Fugue in D minor, MWV R 4 (117 bars)
5. Fugue in C minor, MWV R 5 (124 bars)
6. Fugue in D minor, MWV R 6 (75 bars)
7. Fugue in C minor, MWV R 7 (108 bars)
8. Fugue in E-flat major, MWV R 8 'Herzlich tut mich verlangen' (92 bars)
9. Fugue in G minor, MWV R 11 'Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen' (52 bars)
10. Fugue in F major, MWV R 12 'Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern' (85 bars)
11. Fugue in A major, MWV R 14 'Ach Gott und Herr' (74 bars)
12. Fugue in C major, MWV R 17 'Alles ist an Gottes Segen' (91 bars)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1821
First Publication. 2005 - Pavona
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation 2 violins, viola, cello
Extra Information Mendelssohn composed these when he was 12 years old while studying with Carl Friedrich Zelter. These fugues were not composed with performance in mind, but as counterpoint exercises.
Mendelssohn also used chorale melodies to experiment with the cantus firmus technique in some of the fugues. There are 17 fugues in the R 1-17 section, but R9, R10, R13, R15 and R16 are incomplete and not listed here.

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