Six Sonatas For The Organ (op. 65), 1844–1845
Chronology and Genesis
This chapter reviews Mendelssohn's organ works from 1844-5. The 19 movements that make up Opus 65 were drawn from a total of 29 works that Mendelssohn composed or assembled as he developed his final plans for the makeup of his Organ Sonatas. His original drafts of movements that he considered potential components for Opus 65 are almost all contained in MN volumes 39 and 40, which were part of the composer's estate donated by the Mendelssohn family in 1878 to the Royal (i.e., State) Library in Berlin. Also in the Staatsbibliothek is MS. C, the Birthday Album Mendelssohn compiled for Fanny, which contains movements later incorporated into Opus 65.
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