Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”
Today is the 500th Anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg – it is Reformation Day, and we are celebrating with the Symphony No. 5 by Felix Mendelssohn, with the title “Reformation. The Symphony No. 5 was actually the second “mature” symphony that the composer wrote – as a youngster he had composed 13 symphonies for strings, with the occasional use of percussion. The “Reformation” Symphony was composed to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession in 1530, celebrates the triumph of Protestantism.