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Felix Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture

Kurt Masur conducting Mendelssohn’s own orchestra, the Gewandhaus, Leipzig:

Felix Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream Incidental Music (sourced from a number of different recordings):

Overture Op. 21

Incidental Music Op. 61
No. 1 Scherzo – How now, Spirit!
No. 2 – Over hill, over dale
March of the Fairies – I know a bank
No.3 Song with chorus Come now a roundel “You Spotted Snakes”
No. 4 – What Thou See’st When Thou Dost Wake
Help Me, Lysander, Help Me! – No. 5 Intermezzo
On The Ground – No. 7 Nocturne
Her dotage now I do begin to pity – no. 8 – Be as thou wast wont to be
No. 9 Wedding March
No. 11 A Dance of Clowns
No. 13 Finale – Through the house give glimmering light”

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4 thoughts on “Goodfellow’s

  1. Wonderful overture and the incidental music is almost as good. When it came to op 61, I found myself listening (maybe by accident?) to a performance conducted by JE Gardiner, with different people taking the spoken parts. I preferred that to the Ozawa, where all the text is delivered by Judi Dench. She is very good, of course, but a variety of voices helps.

  2. I’m enjoying the course and am excited by the complex mixing of genre. Hearing Judi Dench do what she’s been doing all her life was an unexpected treat in appreciating the art of listening.

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