Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 (Italian) – Violin I Part
Edited by Jorja Fleezanis
Title: Symphony No. 4
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Edited By: Jorja Fleezanis
The first violin part for Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 (nicknamed the Italian Symphony) has been edited by Jorja Fleezanis, concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1989 to 2009 and (when appointed) the second woman in the U.S. to hold the title of concertmaster in a major orchestra. Fleezanis' bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.
Like his Third Symphony, Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 has its origins in the composer's tour of Europe from 1829 to 1831. Mendelssohn began the Italian Symphony in Italy but finished it in Berlin, though he would never publish it. The composition didn't appear in print until 1851, after Mendelssohn's death. It is numbered as Symphony No. 4 when in fact it was his third symphony composed. The joyful sonata form first movement is followed by an impression of a religious procession the composer witnessed in Naples. The final movement incorporates dance figurations from the Roman saltarello and the Neapolitan tarantella.
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