By Clive Brown
On account that his dying in 1847, Felix Mendelssohn's song and character were either renowned and denigrated to notable levels. during this research Clive Brown weaves jointly a wealthy array of records - letters, diaries, memoirs, studies, information stories and extra - with the purpose of proposing a balanced photograph of the composer and his paintings. Rejecting the bought view of Mendelssohn as a facile, light-weight musician, Brown demonstrates that he was once in truth an cutting edge and hugely cerebral composer who exerted a robust impact on musical suggestion into the 20 th century. Brown discusses Mendelssohn's family members historical past and schooling; the function of faith and race in his lifestyles and acceptance; his studies as sensible musician (pianist, organist, string participant, conductor) and as instructor and composer; the severe reception of his works; and the vicissitudes of his posthumous acceptance. The textual content additionally encompasses a variety of hitherto unpublished sketches made by means of Mendelssohn. the result's a portrayal of the fellow and his achievements as considered via his personal phrases and people of his contemporaries.
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Kru¨ger, Eduard (1807–1885). German critic, writer on music and composer. After writing to Schumann in 1838 Kru¨ger regularly contributed to the Neue Zeitschrift fu¨r Musik. He also contributed to the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung and the Neue Berliner Musikzeitung. He appears never to have made FMB’s acquaintance. Ku¨hne, Gustav (1806–1888). German writer and journalist. From 1835 to 1842 he was editor of the Zeitung fu¨r die elegante Welt and from 1846 of Europa Chronik der gebildeten Welt.
Moscheles, Ignaz (1794–1870). Bohemian pianist and composer. In 1824, on a visit to Berlin, he was asked to give FMB piano lessons. He quickly became one of FMB’s closest musical friends, and their warm relationship was maintained over the years by regular correspondence, meetings and performances together. In 1846 FMB persuaded him to become principal professor of piano at the Leipzig Conservatory. Aus Moscheles’ Leben, compiled from his diaries by his widow, and Briefe von Felix MendelssohnBartholdy, edited by his son (FMB’s godchild), are important sources of information.
He dedicated his C-sharp Minor Symphony to FMB. Biographical Notes ⅐ xxix Marx, Adolf Bernhard (1795–1866). German theorist, critic and composer. From 1824 to 1831 Marx was editor of the Berliner allgemeine musikalische Zeitung. He became friendly with the Mendelssohn family in 1826, though Abraham was uneasy about his influence on FMB. Marx undoubtedly stimulated FMB’s ideas on programme music, and their relationship was particularly close around 1830. Their friendship cooled during the 1830s (perhaps partly because FMB was disappointed in Marx as a composer, but also because of misgivings, shared by a number of the Mendelssohn circle, about Marx’s sincerity).
A Portrait of Mendelssohn by Clive Brown