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By Clive Brown

Considering that his demise in 1847, Felix Mendelssohn's tune and character were either fashionable and denigrated to remarkable levels. during this learn Clive Brown weaves jointly a wealthy array of records - letters, diaries, memoirs, studies, information experiences and extra - with the purpose of offering a balanced photo of the composer and his paintings. Rejecting the obtained view of Mendelssohn as a facile, light-weight musician, Brown demonstrates that he was once actually an leading edge and hugely cerebral composer who exerted a strong impression on musical idea into the twentieth century. Brown discusses Mendelssohn's relations history and schooling; the function of faith and race in his lifestyles and attractiveness; his reports as functional 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 The textual content additionally features a diversity of hitherto unpublished sketches made via Mendelssohn.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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