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Trois fantaisies ou caprices, Op 16
composer
1829; composed for the three Anne, Honora and Susan Taylor

Recordings
'Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2' (CDA68059)
Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2
CDA68059  To be issued soon July 2014 Release  
'Mendelssohn: Valerie Tryon plays Mendelssohn' (APR5595)
Mendelssohn: Valerie Tryon plays Mendelssohn
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'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 2 – Alfred Grünfeld, Raoul Pugno & Natalia Janotha' (APR5532)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 2 – Alfred Grünfeld, Raoul Pugno & Natalia Janotha
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'York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings' (APR6007)
York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings
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Details
No 1 in A minor: Andante con moto – Allegro vivace
Track 3 on CDA68059 [4'28] To be issued soon July 2014 Release
Track 15 on APR5595 [4'39]
No 2 in E minor: Scherzo
Track 13 on APR6007 CD1 [2'30] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 23 on APR5532 [1'59]
No 2 in E minor: Scherzo: Presto
Track 4 on CDA68059 [2'31] To be issued soon July 2014 Release
Track 16 on APR5595 [2'34]
No 3 in E major: Andante
Track 5 on CDA68059 [3'56] To be issued soon July 2014 Release
Track 17 on APR5595 [3'23]

Trois fantaisies ou caprices, Op 16
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While returning to London from his Scottish sojourn in 1829, Mendelssohn made an excursion to northern Wales, where he visited the family of John Taylor (1779–1863), an English mining engineer who owned a summer residence in Flintshire. (Taylor’s sister, Sarah Austin, was a member of the circle of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, and a productive author and translator of German literature.) Playing the English gentleman, Mendelssohn enjoyed hunting, reading Sir Walter Scott, visiting one of Taylor’s mines, and flirting with his three daughters, for whom the composer produced the Trois fantaisies ou caprices, Op 16. For Anne, he joined a pensive Andante con moto in A minor, with traces of his Scottish style, to a spirited, A major Allegro vivace meant to capture bouquets of Anne’s favourite roses and carnations, with ascending arpeggiations to suggest the wafting scent. Floral imagery also informed the second caprice, for Honora. This E minor Scherzo is propelled by crisp fanfares and light staccato work to represent a creeping vine with trumpet-shaped flowers. And the third caprice, for Susan, whom Mendelssohn described as the ‘prettiest’, gently traced the course of a meandering rivulet that the two encountered during one of their walks.

from notes by R Larry Todd © 2014

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