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    Felix Mendelssohn's Octet for strings, Op. 20 in E flat major. He was 16 when it was completed.

    Arguably, the greatest chamber music work ever created at someone so young of age.

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    Definitely. I've heard it argued that Mendelssohn was a greater prodigy even than Mozart; Mendelssohn was writing far more mature works at the age Mozart was writing less mature ones... it's insane.
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    Those piano trios are delightful, especially No. 2 Op. 66.

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    Mendelssohn's Six Sonatas for Organ are such a wonderful contribution of his to this particular instrument. I'm quite partial to Sonata I.
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    The Octet is also arguably Mendelssohn's greatest work, irrespective of genre. His writing was always very lyrical, especially in his "Songs Without Words" (some of my favorite miniatures) and the "Scotch" symphony.

    Of course, if you're partial to the Violin Concerto, feel free to flame me about my comment on the Octet
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    I agree with you all, I have always found the Oct to be so full of energy, and yes the organ sonatas are are among the best.

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    I think I would be hard-put to choose between the violin concerto and the octet. But one cannot deny the greatness of his g minor piano concerto either!
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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    But one cannot deny the greatness of his g minor piano concerto either!
    Sadly, not many have even heard of his piano concerti.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opus67 View Post
    Sadly, not many have even heard of his piano concerti.
    I have concerto 1 & 2 by Stephen Hough, they are a bit short @ 19:30 and 21:00, I wonder why?

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    I've no clue whatever why they're not widely known of. It's crazy. They're really great pieces, both of them. And yet they're neglected. I mean, the piano was Mendelssohn's main instrument, and yet the most famous concerto is for violin, not remotely related to the piano. Honestly...
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    IMO the violin concerto is much superior than the piano concertos, and I would say of the piano con the 2nd is the better of the two
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    I agree with Andante... for some reason, Mend's string writing was better than his piano writing. I would imagine this is because his pieces are so lyrical; just look at the "Songs Without Words".
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    He was a very good orchestrator too, from what I've heard.
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    Happy 199th!
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    Even young works such as the String Sinfonias are wonderful pieces. Written while he was a pre-teen! I also think the slow movement of the Violin Concerto in E minor is wistful beyond his years, as if I recall he was about 25 when he wrote that.

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