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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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• Moses Mendelssohn's Legacy

• Moses Mendelssohn's Legacy

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A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

An eminent Jewish philosopher, Moses Mendelssohn was influential in his grandson Felix's upbringing, outlook, social relationships, relationships with contemporary musicians, and the critical reception of his music in Germany. Conversion to Christianity may have apparently put the Mendelssohns on the same footing as their fellows, but the fact that they were Jews continued to set them apart from a social standpoint. The two generations of Felix Mendelssohn's family that preceded him encountered a host of problems in their relationship with ethnic Germans.

Keywords:   social relationships, Moses Mendelssohn, music, Germany, Christianity, Jews, family

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