This week’s listening assignment is a piece written by Felix Mendelssohn, a German composer who lived from 1809-1847. He was a music prodigy, writing many significant pieces at a young age and continued to compose many piano works, concertos, organ pieces and symphonies throughout his life. Another important contribution that he made to music was to create a renewed interest in the music of J.S. Bach by his performance of the St. Matthew Passion when he was only twenty.
The piece you will be listening to is called Andante and Rondo Capriccioso. Listen for the change of tempo between the Andante (walking speed) and the very quick Rondo Capriccioso. Listen for how many times the Rondo theme is brought in and enjoy the playful and lightening-speed execution of the octaves played impressively by Jan Lisiecki.