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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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• Improvisation

• Improvisation

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(p.223) 26 • Improvisation
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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/9780300095395.003.0026

At the age of twelve, Felix Mendelssohn was already an intrepid improviser. His improvisation was inseparable from his performance of his own and other composers' music. Mendelssohn was willing to improvise an accompaniment to Johann Sebastian Bach's Chaconne for Solo Violin, or to change the arpeggiation in the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue. In later years, improvisation continued to be a central component of Mendelssohn's creative activity in general and keyboard playing in particular.

Keywords:   improvisation, music, Johann Sebastian Bach, keyboard playing

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