MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix. Ein Sommernachtstraum von Shakespeare. Musik von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholody. Seinem Freunde Heinrich Conrad Schleinitz zugeeignet. Opus 61. Plate number 7774. 177,  pp. Folio, 330 x 250 mm, bound in near-contemporary half dark brown morocco, marbled paper over boards. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, .
First Edition of the full score of Mendelssohn's incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream. The overture was composed in 1826, the remainder of the work in 1843. Mendelssohn conducted the first stage performance (a private one) of the complete work at Potsdam on 14 October 1843.
The first public performance took place four days later in Berlin. The present score includes the first edition of the famous Hochzeitmarsch or Wedding March for orchestra that was played at the conclusion of the wedding between Theseus and Hyppolita. This has become the omnipresent music used in nearly all traditional Western wedding ceremonies. A fine copy. No copies at auction as listed in ABPC CD ROM.
PROVENANCE: L. Girard with his ink signature at head of title-page. Girard was teacher and composer of incidental music in France during the second half of the nineteenth century. A noted work was his Chant de la Paix for four male voices.
Hoboken X, 236. Fuld 633. Krause XII, 6.
Item nr. 127423 $ 5,500.00