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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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A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

The 1832 Lower Rhine Music Festival in Cologne seems to have enabled Felix Mendelssohn to obtain his first professional post. The festival was conducted by Ferdinand Ries, who, according to Ferdinand von Woringen, was instrumental in securing the invitation for Mendelssohn to conduct the event in 1833. In February 1833, however, Mendelssohn also received a commission to write instrumental music for a production of Der standhafte Prinz (a German version of Pedro Calderón de la Barca's El principe constante), to be produced under Carl Leberecht Immermann at the Düsseldorf theatre. In addition, Mendelssohn was supposed to direct the opera. Mendelssohn relinquished his responsibilities due to strained relations with Immermann, leaving Julius Rietz as principal conductor. As a composer, the two years he spent in Düsseldorf were among the most unproductive in Mendelssohn's career.

Keywords:   instrumental music, Lower Rhine Music Festival, Cologne, Ferdinand Ries, Ferdinand von Woringen, Der standhafte Prinz, Carl Leberecht Immermann, Düsseldorf theatre, Julius Rietz

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