Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata Fragment in D
You knew I'd plug my CD at some point, right? ;) Actually, I'm sharing this sonata fragment by the 16-year-old Mendelssohn because I find it to be an extraordinarily beautiful work (especially the first minute and a half), but one that is practically never heard. It is both unfinished and unpublished, and has only been recorded two or three times, ever. And ours is the ONLY recording which uses a real 19th century Viennese piano--possibly the best specimen that exists in the world today. You might notice the difference in sound between this piano and a "modern" piano.
Because it's unpublished, we had to play it off the handwritten manuscript, which looks like this:
Or listen here:
In May 2017 I challenged my students to practice every day for 30 days in a row. In addition, I asked them to listen to 30 bite-sized musical selections I emailed daily. I collected my picks in this blog for posterity. So these are works I find particularly fun, interesting, or important, including a handful by composers who were born or who died in May. Please enjoy!