Midsummer Night's Dream, A

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (arr. Johan de Meij)

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Subtitle: Suite from the Incidental Music

General Info

Year: 1826 / 2021
Duration: c. 14:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Amstel Music, Music Shop Europe
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €182.24   |   Score Only (print) - €151.40


1. Overture
2. Lied
3. Scherzo
4. Nocturne
5. Wedding March
6. Finale


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II (doubling Flugelhorn)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) composed the music for William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream at two different times. In 1826, at the age of 16, he wrote a concert overture (Op. 21). Sixteen years later, in 1842, he composed the incidental music (opus 61) for King Frederick William IV of Prussia, in which he incorporated the existing overture. The overture premiered in Stettin (then in Prussia, now Szczecin, Poland) on February 20, 1827, conducted by Carl Loewe. Mendelssohn had to travel 80 miles through a raging snowstorm to get to the concert, which became his first public appearance. The first British performance of the overture was conducted by Mendelssohn himself on June 24, 1829, at the Argyll Rooms in London. After the concert, Thomas Attwood was given the score of the overture for safekeeping, but left it in a taxi and was never found. Mendelssohn later rewrote the overture entirely from memory.

- Program Note from publisher

While a romantic piece in atmosphere, the overture incorporates many classical elements, being cast in sonata form and shaped by regular phrasings and harmonic transitions. The piece is also noted for its striking instrumental effects, such as the emulation of scampering 'fairy feet' at the beginning and the braying of Bottom as an ass.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • Kyushu (Japan) Wind Orchestra (Johan de Meij, conductor) – 22 September 2022 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Scherzo (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Ambrose) (1823/2021)

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