Posts tagged ‘Organ Sonata No. 5’

May 21, 2017

2017-05-21 Notes from the Bench


“Allegro maestoso” from “Organ Sonata No. 5” by Felix Mendelssohn-Barthody

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847), or just Felix Mendelssohn as he is generally known in most English speaking countries, was an important German composer, pianist, organist, and conductor of the early romantic era and today is among the most popular composers of that period. The Six Sonatas for Organ (Op. 65) were the result of a commission Mendelssohn received from the British publisher, Coventry and Hollier, in 1844. The original commission was for Mendelssohn to compose a set of church voluntaries; however, he expanded the project and organized the pieces into the Six Sonatas we are familiar with today. These works were not constructed in the classical era “sonata” form associated with the works of Mozart or Haydn, but rather Mendelssohn applied the term to these works in the manner Johann Sebastian Bach did, as a collection or suite of varying pieces. The “Allegro maestoso” is the final portion of Sonata number Five in D major.



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