Sonata 1 in F minor, Op. 65 – Finale. Allegro assai vivace

Among his many talents, Mendelssohn was one of the early admirers and scholars of “early” music. Indeed, were it not for Mendelssohn’s (and some of his friends, such as Schumann and Brahms) efforts, some of Bach’s great works may have been lost to the ages. The musical craft of those great masters who came before him clearly informed Mendelssohn’s work – although certainly capable of Romantic bombast, Mendelssohn preferred the intellectual styles of Mozart and Bach. A splendid organist and renowned as an early music scholar, Mendelssohn was commissioned in 1844 to write a series of Voluntaries (such as we heard earlier from English composer John Stanley). Mendelssohn, instead, wrote six full multi-movement organ sonatas….