I played this in the theatre on my last big day at work. Really nice to hear it on a massive sound system in a large space. People loved it. I am capturing it here (a) because it is beautiful and (b) so I can remember that morning when this insane job has receded into the mists of time.
It is from the incidental music for Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, composed in 1842, a few years before Mendelssohn’s death. It is a vocal number known as Ye Spotted Snakes, in which a group of fairies sing their queen to sleep with a lullaby. It is sung in English. I included the lyrics below so you can sing along. Trust me, it is irresistible. No-one can say I didn’t try my hardest to make the most out of that job.
Mendelssohn: Ye Spotted Snakes (1842)