String Symphony No.8 in D major, MWV N 8 (Mendelssohn, Felix)

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Publisher. Info. Leipziger Ausgabe der Werke, Serie I, Bd.2
Leipzig: Deutscher Verlag für Musik, 1965. DVfM 1768
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Misc. Notes Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (D-B): Mus.ms.autogr. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, F. 6 (5)
Bars 477-end lacking (see below).
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Misc. Notes Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (D-B): N.Mus.ms. 25
Bars 477-524
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Arranger Fritz Behrend (1889-1972), orchestration of bars 477-545
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Work Title String Symphony No.8 in D major
Alternative. Title Sinfonia VIII
Composer Mendelssohn, Felix
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. MWV N 8
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IFM 171
Key D major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements:
  • String Orchestra version
  1. Adagio e Grave; Allegro (D major, 280 bars)
  2. Adagio (B minor, 156 bars)
  3. Menuetto [no tempo] e Trio. Presto (D major, 266 bars total)
  4. Allegro molto; Più presto (D major, 559 bars)
  • Orchestral version
  1. Adagio e Grave; Allegro (D major, 276 bars)
  2. Adagio (B minor, 157 bars)
  3. Menuetto [no tempo] e Trio. Presto (D major, 281 bars total)
  4. Allegro molto; Più presto (D major, 545* bars)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1822-23
First Publication. 1965
Average DurationAvg. Duration 30 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation strings (2nd mvt - 3 violas, cellos, basses)
InstrDetail Orchestral version
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons
2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, strings
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Extra Information *There are substantial differences between the two settings over and above the different bar counts. The count for the last movement here is taken from the 1965 score which included the completion by Behrend. It's not entirely clear if the composer intended to end the work at bar 524 through this seems possible from the cross-out on the manuscript discovered in 1966.

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