The Felix Mendelssohn String Octet In E-Flat

Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20, was composed in the autumn of 1825 and completed on October 15,[when the composer was 16. He wrote it as a birthday gift for his friend and violin teacher Eduard Ritz (1802-1832); it was slightly revised in 1832 before the first public performance on 30 January 1836 at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Conrad Wilson summarizes much of its reception ever since: “Its youthful verve, brilliance and perfection make it one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music. read more: