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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 Early Years, 1818–1829

• The Early Years, 1818–1829

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(p.325) 36. • The Early Years, 1818–1829
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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/9780300095395.003.0036

Between 1818 and 1823, Felix Mendelssohn performed in public in Germany. His appearances were mentioned in the Leipzig Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, the most widely circulated and influential music journal in the country during that time. Its first mention of any of Mendelssohn's compositions occurred in connection with Carl Möser's concert on April 26, 1823. In 1825, Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung published a positive review of Mendelssohn's Violin Sonata op. 4. When the C Minor Symphony premiered in Leipzig in 1827, the journal was again enthusiastic. That same year, Mendelssohn made his first important public appearance as composer and performer at a concert in Stettin. The program included the public premieres of his two works, Ein Sommernachtstraum Overture and A-flat major Double Piano Concerto, along with Carl Maria von Weber's Konzertstück. A second grand winter concert opened with his overture to William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Keywords:   concert, Germany, Leipzig, Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, compositions, C Minor Symphony, Stettin, Konzertstück, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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