Mendelssohn – Italian Symphony – Part 2 [ANALYSIS]

Last updated Jan 30, 2024 | Published on Mar 18, 2021

Winner of a fellowship at the Bayreuther Festspiele, Mr. Griglio’s conducting has been praised for his “energy” and “fine details”. Mr. Griglio took part in the first world recording of music by composer Irwin Bazelon and conducted several world premieres like "The song of Eddie", by Harold Farberman, a candidate for the Pulitzer Prize. Principal Conductor of International Opera Theater Philadelphia for four years, Mr.Griglio is also active as a composer. His first opera, Camille Claudel, debuted in 2013 to a great success of audience and critics. Mr. Griglio is presently working on an opera on Caravaggio and Music Director of Opera Odyssey.

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Con moto moderato

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To be honest, this is the movement that speaks less Italian to me.
It’s somewhere near a lovely courtly menuet, which would sit well in Venice as much as in Vienna. The structure is a clear ABA with a coda. The first theme is presented by the violins in octaves. It’s curious though that they enter alone.

Almost like a 2 bars introduction, following the pattern of the first 2 movements. In fact, we’re starting on the dominant, and when the other strings join in on bar 3 they remain on the dominant harmony. The A major only arrives on the 5th bar

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A little weight is added by the entrance of the horns and the double basses on bars 8 and 9

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