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Intermezzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream

By Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn

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Mallet Ensemble Mallet Ensemble (2 glockenspiels, Vibraphone, 3 marimbas--(1) 4-octave, (1) low A, (1) low C) - Advanced
Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Arranged by Brian Slawson. Percussion Ensembles. Arranged for mallet ensemble. Folio & Parts on CD-ROM. Duration 2'20. Tapspace Publications #TSPCE-59. Published by Tapspace Publications (TA.TSPCE-59).

Item Number: TA.TSPCE-59

In 1843, while serving as music director at the Academy of Arts in Berlin, Mendelssohn completed the incidental music for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the behest of King Frederick of Prussia. Incidental music most commonly appears between acts of a stage play or even between movements of a large-scale musical work. Even so, such pieces have often become perennial hits, such as Mendelssohn's classic Wedding March (also from A Midsummer Night's Dream).

The Intermezzo (Allegro appassionato) follows Act II and expresses one's crazed search for a bewitched lover. According to Mendelssohn's notes in the score, Hernia seeks Lysander and loses herself in the wood. Although Intermezzo will never compete with Wedding March on the Hit Parade, it possesses a mystical, magical quality that presents unique challenges when performed in the percussion arena. Brian Slawson's percussion arrangement is both subtle and challenging and brings a unique way for modern mallet ensembles to recreate Mendelssohn's magic.

This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

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