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Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847): INCIDENTAL MUSIC TO "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM": Nocturne
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Yoel Levi, conductor. Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Symphony No. 4, "Italian" (Telarc)
"On the ground sleep sound: I'll apply to your eye, Gentle lover, remedy."
That line comes from Puck at the very end of Act III of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In this scene, the four lovers have all fallen asleep, while Puck administers a love potion to sort out any love quarreling. During an 1843 performance of this work in Potsdam, this sleepy Nocturne by Felix Mendelssohn accompanied this action on stage. Mendelssohn's incidental music to this play was written that year at the request of the King Of Prussia Wilhelm Friedrich IV, who wanted a follow-up to Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream overture written 17 years earlier. Mendelssohn wrote twelve new pieces for the production, including a Scherzo, this Nocturne heard at the end of Act III, and the now famous "Wedding March" heard at the end of Act IV.