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At two separate times, Felix Mendelssohn composed music for William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream (in German Ein Sommernachtstraum). First in 1826, near the start of his career, he wrote a concert overture (Op. 21). Later, in 1842, only a few years before his death, he wrote incidental music (Op. 61) for a production of the play, into which he incorporated the existing overture. The incidental music includes the famous Wedding March.

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composer:Felix Mendelssohn (composer) (in 1842)
dedicated to:Friedrich Wilhelm IV. von Preußen
part of:Works of Felix Mendelssohn by opus number (number: op. 61) (order: 61)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Thematisch-systematisches Verzeichnis der musikalischen Werke (MWV) (number: MWV M 13) (order: 164)
download score for free:imslp: A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op.61 (Mendelssohn, Felix) [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/composition/mc0002406423 [info]
Wikidata:Q1305214 [info]
parts:1. Ein Sommernachtstraum, op. 21 (op. 61 no. 1): Ouvertüre
2. Ein Sommernachtstraum, op. 61 no. 2: Scherzo: Allegro vivace
3. Ein Sommernachtstraum, op. 61 no. 3: Elfenreigen: Allegro vivace
4. Ein Sommernachtstraum, op. 61 no. 4: Lied mit Chor "Bunte Schlangen": Allegro ma non troppo
5. A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Incidental Music, op. 61: No. 4. Andante
6. Ein Sommernachtstraum, op. 61 no. 5: Intermezzo: Allegro appassionato
7. Ein Sommernachtstraum, op. 61 no. 6: Notturno: Con moto tranquillo
8. Ein Sommernachtstraum, op. 61 no. 7: Hochzeitsmarsch: Allegro vivace
9. Ein Sommernachtstraum, op. 61 no. 8: Marcia funebre: Andante comodo
10. Ein Sommernachtstraum, op. 61 no. 9: Ein Tanz von Rüpeln (Bergamasca): Allegro di molto
11. Ein Sommernachtstraum, op. 61 no. 10: Intermezzo: Allegro vivace
12. Ein Sommernachtstraum, op. 61 no. 11: Finale: Allegro di molto
is based on:A Midsummer Night's Dream
arrangements:Ein Sommernachtstraum, op. 61 (for piano four-hands)

Recordings

DateTitleAttributesArtistLength
recordings
1995-12-31A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Incidental Music, op. 61: No. 2. L’istesso tempo: “How now, spirit, whither wander you?” (version with narration by Kenneth Branagh)live and partialDamen des Ernst‐Senff‐Chores, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sylvia McNair, Kenneth Branagh, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado2:20
1995-12-31A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Incidental Music, op. 61: No. 4. Andante: “What thou seest when thou dost wake?” (version with narration by Kenneth Branagh)live and partialDamen des Ernst‐Senff‐Chores, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sylvia McNair, Kenneth Branagh, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado1:12
1995-12-31A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Incidental Music, op. 61: No. 8. Andante: “And now I have the boy” (version with narration by Kenneth Branagh)live and partialDamen des Ernst‐Senff‐Chores, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sylvia McNair, Kenneth Branagh, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado2:04
1995-12-31Ein Sommernachtstraum, Schauspiel Musik, op. 61: No. 2. L’istesso tempo (version with narration by Barbara Sukowa)live and partialSigurd Brauns, Barbara Sukowa, Damen des Ernst‐Senff‐Chores, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sylvia McNair, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado2:10
1995-12-31Ein Sommernachtstraum, Schauspiel Musik, op. 61: No. 4. Andante (version with narration by Barbara Sukowa)live and partialSigurd Brauns, Barbara Sukowa, Damen des Ernst‐Senff‐Chores, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sylvia McNair, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado1:08
1995-12-31Ein Sommernachtstraum, Schauspiel Musik, op. 61: No. 8. Andante (version with narration by Barbara Sukowa)live and partialSigurd Brauns, Barbara Sukowa, Damen des Ernst‐Senff‐Chores, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sylvia McNair, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado2:08
A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 61: Act II Scene 1 - Puck: How, now, spirit! Whither wander you?partialNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd2:22
A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 61: Act II Scene 2 - Oberon: What thou seest when thou dost wake...partialNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd1:39
A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 61: Act III Scene 1 - Quince: Come, sit down, every mother's son...partialNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd6:57
A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 61: Act III Scene 2 - Oberon: I wonder if Titiana be awaked...partialNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd7:04
A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 61: Act IV Scene 1 - Oberon: Her dotage now I do begin to pity...partialNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd5:00
A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 61: Act V Scene 1 - Oberon: Through the house give glimmering light...partialNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd0:29
A Midsummer Night's Dream, op. 61: Act V Scene 1 - Philostrate: So please your grace, the Prologue is address'd...partialNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd2:53
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Incidental Music to Shakespeare's PlayHenk Lagendaal, Leipzig Philharmonic Orchestra, Rudolf Wallenstein31:26
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 3, Scene 1 (excerpt)partialIan Sexon, Ray Dunsire, John Holbeck, William Blair, William Elliott, Elizabeth Philips-Scott, Richard Greenwood, Helen McGregor, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jaime Laredo4:58
Aus "Ein Sommernachtstraum", op. 61partialLondon Festival Orchestra, Alfred Scholz4:53
Ein Sommernachtstraum, Op. 61partial[unknown]1:28
Mendelssohn – Le Songe d’une nuit d’été : IntermezzopartialYann Walcker dits par Pierre Hatet3:39
Midsummer Night's Dream : Dance of the ArtisanspartialRochester Philharmonic Orchestra, David Zinman1:33
Midsummer Night’s Dream (extract)partial[unknown]9:02
Midsummer Nights Dream op. 61partial[unknown]2:53
Songe d'une nuit d'été[unknown]4:14