String Octet, Op.20 (Mendelssohn, Felix)

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Borromeo String Quartet (string quartet)
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Publisher. Info. Berlin: Holograph manuscript, 1825. (dated 15 October)
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Editor Julius Rietz (1812-1877)
Publisher. Info. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdys Werke, Serie V, No.19
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1874. Plate M.B. 19.
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Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, n.d.(ca.1902). Plate U.E. 855a.
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Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, n.d.(ca.1902). Plate U.E. 855a.
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For Piano Quartet (Shuttleworth)

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Arranger Edward Shuttleworth
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For Piano 4 Hands, 2 Violins, Viola and Cello (Burchard)

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Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d. Plate KM 896/7.
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Arranger Johannes N. Rauch (fl.1850–1890)
Publisher. Info. Braunschweig: Litolff, n.d. Plate 10510.
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Publisher. Info. Leipzig: C.F. Peters, n.d. Plate 6048.
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Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, n.d.(ca.1905). Plate U.E. 880.
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Arranger Ivan Karlovič Čerlickij (1799-1865) as "Tscherlitzky"
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.[1861]. Plate 10211.
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Scherzo

For 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns (Clements)

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Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Bartholf Senff, n.d.(ca.1880). Plate 1559.
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General Information

Work Title String Octet
Alternative. Title Ottetto
Composer Mendelssohn, Felix
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.20 ; MWV R 20
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IFM 155
Key E-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements:
  1. Allegro moderato con fuoco (318 bars)
  2. Andante (C minor, 102 bars)
  3. Scherzo. Allegro leggierissimo (G minor, 241 bars)
  4. Presto (E-flat major, 429 bars)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1825 (October 15)*
First Performance. 1836-01-30 in Leipzig, Gewandhaus*
First Publication. 1833 - Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel
Dedication Eduard Ritz (1802-1832)
Average DurationAvg. Duration 32 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos
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All Music Guide
Extra Information *The private premiere might have taken place on day after the dedication (October 16, 1825) since Eduard Ritz's 23rd birthday was October 17 and concerts were regularly given at the Mendelssohn house on Sundays. If not October 16 it would have been performed later in the Autumn of 1825. The public premiere could have taken place on March 17, 1832. Ritz, who owned the manuscript and copied the manuscript parts, died only a few weeks before (January 23). This might have prompted a memorial concert in which the work was premiered. The 1836 date is the first confirmed public performance after publication.

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