Piano Quartet No. 3 (Mendelssohn)

Piano Quartet No. 3 (Mendelssohn)

Felix Mendelssohn began composing his Piano Quartet No. 3 in B minor, Op. 3, for piano, violin, viola and cello in late 1824 and completed on 18 January 1825, just before his sixteenth birthday. The quartet was published later that year and was dedicated to Goethe whom Mendelssohn had met a few years earlier. Mendelssohn's three numbered piano quartets were the first works of his to be published, hence their opus numbers.

The work has four movements:

# Allegro molto
# Andante
# Allegro molto
# Allegro vivace

A typical performance lasts just over half an hour.

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