In taking on the role of the 21st Gewandhaus "Kapellmeister," Nelsons is now in league with a series of famous predecessors, including Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Kurt Masur and Bruno Walter.
What Wollny does offer here is information about the manuscript materials in conjunction with printed editions (which are not listed in RISM A/II) and in the context of a larger family's engagement with the musical past that would, through Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
, wield great influence.
In the case of Die erste Walpurgisnacht, the new facsimile arrives at a propitious time, when scholarly interest in this composition is peaking, having been rejuvenated in 1997 by Christoph Hellmundt's study "Mendelssohns Arbeit an seiner Kantate Die erste Walpurgisnacht: Zu einer bisher wenig beachteten Quelle" (in Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Kongress-Bericht Berlin 1994, ed.
E; see Faye Ferguson, "Unknown Correspondence from Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to his Leipzig Publisher Friedrich Kistner," in Festschrift Wolfgang Rehm zum 60.
Dika Newlin [New York: Free Press of Glencoe, 1963; reprint, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1978], 203; Heinz-Klaus Metzger, "Noch einmal: Die erste Walpurgisnacht: Versuch einer anderen Allegorese," in Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, ed.
6070; with several subsequent reissues); the Deutscher Verlag fur Musik published another violin and piano arrangement of this work (with both versions of the first and second movements) edited by Renate Unger, with piano reduction by Harald Unger, in 1972 (DVfM 6406; 2d version reprinted by Masters Music Publications [M 2123] in 1993), followed by her critically edited full score in 1973 as series 2, volume 6, in the Leipziger Ausgabe der Werke Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdys (the earlier title of the complete Mendelssohn edition as published in the German Democratic Republic, commonly shortened to Leipziger Mendelssohn-Ausgabe), and a subsequent second edition in 1985.
The new edition, edited by Christoph Hellmundt for the Leipziger Ausgabe der Werke von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, is based entirely on the composer's autograph (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin--Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Mus.
The name of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) is familiar to every serious musician, and many of his works are familiar to everyone who has had any exposure to Western art music.
12) In keeping with the nineteenth century's burgeoning enthusiasm for viewing the lives and works of celebrities through the lens of their correspondence, the composer's younger brother, Paul (1812-1874), in 1861 published a selection of Felix's correspondence from his "grand tour" in a collection titled Reisebriefe von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy aus den Jahren 1830 bis 1832.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO RESEARCH LITERATURE CONCERNING FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY, 1997-2003: A SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
Christian Martin Schmidt [Wiesbaden: Breitkopf und Hartel, 1997]) and his Studien zum geistlichen Chorschaffen des jungen Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (Sinzig: Studio, 1996).
The annotated bibliography of 938 items is organized into six chapters: "Life-and-Works Studies," "Memoirs, Recollections, and Editions of Letters," "Sociological and Cultural Studies," "Documentary Studies," "Studies of Individual Works and Repertoires," and "General Studies of the Music of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.
Over the past two decades, the works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
have enjoyed a renaissance of popularity, a trend spurred in part by the rediscovery of several volumes of autographs at the Biblioteka Jagiellonska in Crakow and the subsequent publication of numerous new source-critical editions.
Carl Dahlhaus remarked in the seminal collection of essays published as Das Problem Mendelssohn, (Regensburg: Gustav-Bosse-Verlag, 1974) that despite the substantial increase in musical and scholarly attention to Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
since World War I I, it was still too early to speak of a "Mendelssohn revival" (p.
Diess herrliche, imponirende Instrument": Die Orgel im Zeitalter Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdys