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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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• Relationships with Women

• Relationships with Women

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A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

Young women seemed to find Felix Mendelssohn attractive, and there are indications that several may have lost their heart to him. As a young man, Mendelssohn was drawn towards Betty Pistor (later Rudorff), to whom he (privately) dedicated his E-flat String Quartet, op. 12. During his early visits to England, young women undoubtedly fell in love with him, although he probably did not reciprocate their affections. Aside from his relationship with his wife Cécile, two women seemed to hold a special place in Mendelssohn's heart: Delphine von Schauroth and Jenny Lind. Mendelssohn married Cécile Mendelssohn Bartholdy in 1836. Although little is directly known of their relationship over the years of their marriage, it definitely brought joy and satisfaction to Mendelssohn.

Keywords:   women, Betty Pistor, England, Delphine von Schauroth, Jenny Lind, Cécile Mendelssohn Bartholdy, relationship, marriage

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