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About Felix Mendelssohn
February 3rd, 2019 marks the 210th birthday of German composer Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, commonly known as Felix Mendelssohn.
Mendelssohn began composing early in his life (around age 11), partly due to his advanced talent and partly due to his supportive parents providing him with the finest musical training. By the age of 15, Mendelssohn had composed several pieces including five concertos, some little operas and a dozen symphonies. One of Mendelssohn's most celebrated masterpieces Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was composed in 1826. This and many of Mendelssohn's other Romantic works are available in the MPAL collection on LP and CD.
Please see the links in the left and right columns for more information about Felix Mendelssohn at the Music and Performing Arts Library.
Pictures from the Felix Mendelssohn Exhibit
Items in collection
Call Number: DVD M1500 C376 2008
Publication Date: 1993-09-24
The concert overtures A Midsummer Night's Dream, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, and The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave), conceived by Mendelssohn before the age of twenty, have ranked amongst the most enduring of the nineteenth-century orchestral repertoire. R. Larry Todd offers a historical, stylistic, and analytical guide to these three remarkable works which secured for Mendelssohn no small measure of his fame. After placing the overtures in the context of Mendelssohn's astonishing compositional development during the 1820s, the volume disentangles the complex history of their creation and considers in turn their style and formal structure, their contents as programme music, aspects of their orchestration and their reception and influence. All this is supported by a wealth of primary documents, including Mendelssohn's correspondence, memoirs of his friends, and nineteenth-century critical reviews.
Mendelssohn Essays by
Call Number: CDISC M1500 .B59J6B4 2000
Publication Date: 2007-09-14
When R. Larry Todd's biography, Mendelssohn: A Life in Music, appeared in 2003, it won acclaim from several critics as a definitive biography. In researching Mendelssohn's life over the last two and a half decades, Todd uncovered much new information about the composer and his music, his family and his peers, and his complex reception history. Now, as we approach the 2009 bicentenary of Mendelssohn's birth, the author has chosen and compiled fifteen essays written between 1980 and 2005, including five previously unpublished, that examine several aspects of the composer whom Goethe and Heine likened to a second Mozart. Mendelssohn Essays explores Mendelssohn's precocity, his musical impressions of British culture, the role of the visual in his music, his compositional response to Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and incomplete drafts from his musical estate of three instrumental works. In addition, a group of three essays focuses on the music of Mendelssohn's sister Fanny Hensel, perhaps the most gifted woman composer of the century, and a significant, complex figure in the formation of the Mendelssohnian style.