combination of instruments produces a delicate, intimate sound. Following this, the violin reclaims the spotlight and sings the tranquil theme while the woodwinds support it.The cadenza has a new function in this movement. In classical concertos, the cadenza was improvised by the soloist and played near the end of the movement. Here, the composer has written it out and placed it at the end of the development section as a transition to the recapitulation. Mendelssohn wanted the cadenza to be an integral part of the movement, not merely something tacked on to display the soloist’s virtuosity. Listen forthe magical moment when the violinist’s rapid arpeggios are joined by the orchestra softly playing the first theme of the recapitulation.Allegro molto appassionato; sonata form, duple meter ()Exposition 0:00Strings, , introduce solo violin. Main melody in minor, high register, legato.Running notes in solo violin. Crescendo, climbing phrases.Orchestra, , main melody. Increased rhythmic motion leads to cadence.Exposition 1:22Violins, flowing bridge theme. Solo violin repeats bridge theme an octave higher.