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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 Leipzig Conservatorium (Wasielewski, Rockstro, Meinardus)

• The Leipzig Conservatorium (Wasielewski, Rockstro, Meinardus)

33 • The Leipzig Conservatorium (Wasielewski, Rockstro, Meinardus)
A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

Founded in 1843, the Leipzig Conservatorium was made possible in large part by Felix Mendelssohn's personal efforts. Particularly valuable accounts of Mendelssohn's activity at the Conservatorium were provided by three of his students: Wilhelm von Wasielewski, William Smith Rockstro (Rackstraw), and Ludwig Siegfried Meinardus. Wasielewski was among the Conservatorium's first pupils in 1843, while Rockstro approached Mendelssohn in 1845 for guidance about his future training. Wasielewski and Rockstro's personal accounts both suggest that Mendelssohn was a generous and committed but strict and occasionally harsh teacher. In contrast, Meinardus, who applied to enter the Conservatorium in January 1847, offers a contrast between Mendelssohn's and Robert Schumann's attitudes towards teaching.

Keywords:   teaching, Leipzig Conservatorium, Wilhelm von Wasielewski, William Smith Rockstro, Ludwig Siegfried Meinardus, Robert Schumann, students

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