German Romantic composer, although one who espoused the wore the classical influence of Mozart more than the impassioned Romanticism of Beethoven. His most popular works are concert overtures and desciptive symphonies like the Italian and the Scotch.
Mendelssohn wrote the incidental music, Op. 61, for A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1842, 16 years after he wrote the Overture.The nocturne was one of three purely instrumental movements, which are often played as a unified suite or as independent pieces, at concert performance or on recording.
It is a standard excerpt that is commonly asked at most principal horn orchestral auditions.