Felix Mendelssohn

composed the Sinfonia in C, ninth of the series, at age 14.  The influence of Mozart, particularly the Jupiter symphony, is recognizable throughout the string sinfonias.  Mendelssohn had started upon a piano 4 hand transcription of Mozart’s C major masterpiece when he was twelve, and the alternating emphasis upon counterpoint and melody may be seen as an homage to the Viennese master.  But Mendelssohn also expressed his admiration for other heroes in these early works: Gluck and even Bach are given their due for all to hear.