Violin Concerto in e minor Op. 64 - Mendelssohn (German)
In the first movement alone, Mendelssohn departs from the typical form of a Classical concerto in many ways, the most immediate being the entry of the soloist almost from the outset, which also occurs in his First Piano Concerto. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. The melody is similar to that of the opening, which hints at the cyclic form of the piece. The one by Brahms vies with it in seriousness. Note, for example, how surprisingly the first-movement cadenza steals upon us, while the unbridled presto ending the movement uses virtuosity merely as a means to intensify a sense of urgency.
In this mature score, Mendelssohn's meticulous craftsmanship is perfectly married to his expression, and the result is a vivid, spontaneous-sounding presence that captivates from beginning to end. Analysis[ edit ] The concerto is innovative in many respects. This too was novel for a violin concerto of its time.