Sinfonia No.1 (String Symphony) in C Major
For 2 Violins, Viola, Cello & Bass
Carl Zelter, Felix Mendelssohn's composition teacher, must have been delighted when his student turned in the composition assignment which was his String Symphony No.1 in C Major. It dates from 1821 when Felix was only 14 years old and made Zelter realize that he was dealing with an extraordinary prodigy. In three movements, the work begins with a pounding Allegro and is followed by charming Andante and rounded off by an exciting Allegro full of forward motion.
The work only calls for 5 instruments and was intended for a small group of players. It was called a Sinfonia because of the style of the work and not because it required several players. Hence, it is ironic that today we only hear them performed by the massed string sections of a modern symphony or chamber orchestras. We know that Mendelssohn intended this work for five players not more and that is how they were performed in the Mendelssohn home. Long out of print, we are pleased to reintroduce a work which makes a fine selection for quintet or perhaps a slightly larger ensemble.
Parts & Score: $38.95