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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 Final Years in Leipzig

• The Final Years in Leipzig

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24 • The Final Years in Leipzig
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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/9780300095395.003.0024

Despite his involvement with Berlin, Felix Mendelssohn continued to entertain the idea of a return to Leipzig. When he realized that he would be fully occupied as Prussian Generalmusikdirektor, however, the temporary arrangements put in place in 1842 were deemed inadequate. Ferdinand Hiller was appointed as conductor of the Gewandhaus concerts for the 1843–1844 season, but he had an unsuccessful tenure. Mendelssohn recommended the young Danish composer Niels Gade, whose First Symphony had impressed Mendelssohn in January 1843, as Hiller's successor for the 1844–1845 season. Mendelssohn then spent time mainly in Frankfurt and the Rhineland, but in July 1845 he resumed his position in Leipzig after the king of Saxony requested him to do so. In the journal Repertorium für Musik, Herrmann Hirschbach assessed Mendelssohn's effect on Leipzig music in a generally less sympathetic manner. In many ways, however, Mendelssohn left an enduring impact on Leipzig.

Keywords:   music, Berlin, Leipzig, Generalmusikdirektor, Ferdinand Hiller, Niels Gade, Repertorium für Musik, Herrmann Hirschbach

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