We will be celebrating the birthday of Felix Mendelssohn at the end of this challenge, on February 3rd. But like Mozart, one day is not enough for Mendelssohn...especially if your teacher happens to be me! (I'm having trouble narrowing it down as it is.) Since yesterday's listening was pretty dark, I chose something joyful and optimistic for today: the conclusion of his "Reformation" symphony. Mendelssohn was born Jewish but converted to protestantism, and some of his music sounds a bit like hymns. This movement, however, is not only hymn-like, it is based on an actual hymn, called "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." Here's a bit of that (you only need to listen to the first verse to get the idea):
First, the flute plays that tune alone and gradually the whole orchestra joins in. I suggest listening to the last minute or so of the preceding movement, starting at about 21:50 in this video. As in the lead-up to the cadenza in the Shostakovich, fewer and fewer people play more and more quietly, until one person is left, in this case the flute. It's a similar compositional technique, with a very different outcome!
The tune recurs throughout the movement, so keep your ears open!