Cello Concerto (lost concerto by Felix Mendelssohn; existence unconfirmed; 1820-1847)

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A portrait of Felix Mendelssohn painted in 1846 by German painter Eduard Magnus

Status: Existence Unconfirmed

Felix Mendelssohn (February 3rd, 1809-November 4, 1847) was a German composer of the early Romantic era. A member of the Mendelssohn Family, he is best known for his Violin Concerto in E minor, his incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, and his fourth symphony.

On July 20, 2018, an article published by Classic FM listing mishaps in classical music claimed that Mendelssohn wrote down a manuscript containing an alleged cello concerto. The source then claims that on its route to be delivered to its dedicatee, the manuscript was blown away from the coach that was carrying it becoming lost in the process.[1] The article contains neither a citation for this claim nor credit to the article's author.

Furthermore, an IMSLP listing of Felix Mendelssohn's works does not list the concerto as being one of Mendelssohn's lost works.[2] Another member of the Mendelssohn family named Ludwig Mendelssohn did write a concerto for cello and piano, but this concerto was composed in the early 20th century and was published in 1908, long after Felix Mendelssohn's death.