5 Nov 2019

MENDELSSOHN: Fugue in Eb, from 4 Pieces Op 81

From Music Alive, 8:03 pm on 5 November 2019

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Performed by the Brodsky Quartet at their 'Fugues' concert for CMNZ, Auckland Concert Chamber, 13 May 2019.

Brodsky Quartet

Brodsky Quartet Photo: Duncan Elliot Matthews

If Bach was a largely forgotten composer at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century, it was Felix Mendelssohn who almost single-handedly brought him back before the public with a concert of the St Matthew Passion.

Mendelssohn revered Bach and often included fugues and other contrapuntal writing in his music.

The Fugue in Eb comes from the last year of his life. It pays homage though to Mozart - the subject references the fugue in final movement Mozart's 'Jupiter' symphony.

Recorded by RNZ in the Concert Chamber of Auckland Town Hall, 13 May 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay