Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Portrait of Mendelssohn$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Clive Brown

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095395

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095395.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use (for details see www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 January 2019

• Conducting

• Conducting

30 • Conducting
A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

During Felix Mendelssohn's time, the art of conducting was still very much in its infancy. He played a major role in its development by being at the forefront of developments in conducting, particularly in Germany and England. At an early age, Mendelssohn acquired his practical skill in directing ensembles by participating in the private performances, involving members of the Royal Orchestra, held regularly in the family home. Despite his effectiveness as a conductor, however, his choice of tempo was the target of criticism. Robert Schumann commented on the rapidity with which he took the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, while Richard Wagner took him to task for his tendency to hurry through pieces to the detriment of the music. Many other contemporaries questioned his propensity for fast tempos, not only in conducting but also in piano playing. Mendelssohn's conducting ability was fully realized in Leipzig following the establishment of the Gewandhaus orchestra.

Keywords:   conducting, tempo, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, piano playing, Leipzig, Gewandhaus orchestra

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.