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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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• The Family Name

• The Family Name

(p.105) 15 • The Family Name
A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

After his conversion to Christianity, the family name emerged as a sensitive issue for Abraham Mendelssohn and his children, including Felix. In London in 1829, Felix Mendelssohn discarded the Bartholdy from his name. In a letter sent to Felix on July 8, Abraham was trying to dissuade him from dropping the name Bartholdy. However, Felix continued to sign himself Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, although he remained generally known simply as Mendelssohn.

Keywords:   family name, Christianity, Abraham Mendelssohn, Bartholdy

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