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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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• Character and Personality

• Character and Personality

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2 • Character and Personality
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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/9780300095395.003.0002

According to Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewsky, Felix Mendelssohn showed distinct demeanor and behavior towards friends, society, and young musicians. He could be uninhibited, cheerful, comfortable, and even extraordinarily merry when it came to friends, but somewhat reserved towards others. He could easily either praise or criticize young, striving artists about their achievements. Henry Fothergill Chorley describes Mendelssohn's character as a combination of affection and admiration. Regarding other composers whose music he could neither admire nor like, such as Franz Liszt or Hector Berlioz, Mendelssohn was cordial. However, he was sincere with his approval or admiration. In an obituary dedicated to Mendelssohn, Gustav Kühne, a Leipzig musician and journalist, offers a particularly vivid account of the composer's personality in general.

Keywords:   character, Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewsky, demeanor, behavior, friends, Henry Fothergill Chorley, composers, Gustav Kühne, personality

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