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Mendelssohn unfinished 6th symphony - an attempt of completion

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Last year I made the most interesting discovery that in the month his violin concerto had it's first performance (March/April 1845) Mendelssohn was working on a 6th symphony in C-Major! For the 1st mov. he wrote the first about 80 bars in full score and some sketches for the 2nd theme and the development. This fascinated me so much that I tried to make a full movement of it.

I finally could also get the sketches for a second movement from a library in Oxford and made it to complete also this to a whole Andante movement of about 14 minutes. 
The first 2:50 minutes are based on a full melody sketch with various hints to the accompaniement by Mendelssohn. After orchestrating this I continued with a new middle part with various themes with each increasing in strength and coming to a dramatic climax with an appassionate fugato.
After this various variations of Mendelssohn's beautiful Andante theme follow until a recapitulation of the beginning and a most tender final variation.



II. Andante cantabile


It would help me to get your impressions ... Thank you

Regards, Gerd

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The second movement is based on these sketches:


By now I shortened the Andante in the middle part, origninally it was too long. It has now this Structure:

0:00   Andante cantabile   main part, melody and bass line sketch by Mendelssohn
2:55   Andante con moto
4:59   3 variations on the main theme
7:11   Reprise
10:00 Coda, final variation of main theme 

see the links in top of the thread ... 

I am curious about your impressions ... what would you have done with the Andante sketches?


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