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Niels Wilhelm Gade was a great admirer of Felix Mendelssohn. In 1843 Gade went to Leipzig to continue his studies among his revered German colleagues. In 1848 Gade finished his string octet, which is a declaration of faith in German music.
Niels Wilhelm Gade: String Octet in F major, Op. 17
I. Allegro molto e con fuoco
II. Andantino quasi allegretto
Felix Mendelssohn: String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20