Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream – Violin I Part
Edited by Steven Staryk
Title: Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Edited By: Steven Staryk
The first violin part for Mendelssohn's Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 has been edited by Steven Staryk, renowned musician who has held the concertmaster position with some of the top orchestras in the world, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 24 (the youngest ever), and earned the title "king of concertmasters" from The Strad magazine. Staryk's bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.
Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream took two forms during the composer's professional life. The first was a concert overture, Op. 21, which he wrote in 1826 near the beginning of his career. In 1842, Mendelssohn would incorporate this overture into the second, his larger incidental music, Op. 61, for a production of the original play by William Shakespeare. This larger version of A Midsummer Night's Dream includes the world-famous Wedding March and a number of both vocal and purely instrumental movements. The Scherzo is one such instrumental section, acting as an intermezzo between Acts I and II. It is characterized by its light scoring which features chattering winds and dancing strings.
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