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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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• Piano Music and Songs, 1825–1829

• Piano Music and Songs, 1825–1829

38 • Piano Music and Songs, 1825–1829
A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

Between 1825 and 1829, Felix Mendelssohn's piano music and songs received mixed reviews in Germany. His compositions generated more interest from reviews than the composer's precocity. In general, appreciation of Mendelssohn's music was less strongly characterized by the patronizing tone of earlier notices. However, criticisms were typically sharp. The predominantly Mozartian language of Mendelssohn's First Piano Quartet was increasingly influenced by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis Spohr, George Frideric Handel, and Carl Maria von Weber. More conservative critics described Mendelssohn's style as eccentric, academic, or even subversive. Two notices from the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung journal provide evidence of both the positive and less than enthusiastic reviews received by Mendelssohn for his works during the period, including Beethovenian Piano Sonata, op. 6 and the Sieben Characterstücke, op. 7.

Keywords:   reviews, piano music, songs, Germany, compositions, First Piano Quartet, Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, Piano Sonata, Sieben Characterstücke

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