Mendelssohn's viola sonata is one of his many early works which remained
unpublished in his lifetime. The autograph is dated "d. 14 Febr. 1824".
Thus Mendelssohn was 15 years old when he completed the sonata. It
assuredly numbers amongst his most mature early chamber music works. The
key already indicates the seriousness with which the composer set to
work. The first movement is preceded by a short adagio introduction. The
middle movement, a menuetto, retains the key of c minor and not even
the trio with its chorale-like melody lightens the minor mood. The
closing movement is an andante with eight variations. It is a welcome
addition to the scant classical-romantic viola repertoire.