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A Portrait of Mendelssohn$
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Clive Brown

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095395

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095395.001.0001

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• Musical Activities

• Musical Activities

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11 • Musical Activities
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A Portrait of Mendelssohn
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Clive Brown

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300095395.003.0011

Musical activities played an important role in the education of Felix Mendelssohn and his siblings. Felix, in particular, gained so much practical experience from the regular Sunday concerts that took place around 1820, whereby he directed and participated in performances of his own compositions with accomplished professional musicians. Heinrich Dorn provides a clear picture of Felix's musical and social circle during the family's years in Berlin, as well as a domestic performance of his opera Der Onkel aus Boston oder Die beiden Neffen. Two of Felix's older musical contemporaries, Julius Benedict and Ignaz Moscheles, also describe Mendelssohn's musical activities in Berlin. Mendelssohn concluded his education in Berlin beginning in May 1826, when he enrolled at the university and attended the lectures of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Carl Ritter. He began practicing Johann Sebastian Bach's St Matthew Passion privately with a small choir in the winter of 1827 and conducted two performances of the oratorio two years later.

Keywords:   musical activities, education, Heinrich Dorn, Berlin, opera, Julius Benedict, Ignaz Moscheles, Johann Sebastian Bach, St Matthew Passion

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