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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 Years of Widening Recognition, 1831–1836

• The Years of Widening Recognition, 1831–1836

(p.348) 40 • The Years of Widening Recognition, 1831–1836
A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

Between May 1830 and his return to Berlin in June 1832, Felix Mendelssohn was hardly noticed by German periodicals. He published no new compositions in 1831, while his String Quartets opp. 12 and 13 did not generate any critical interest. Things began to change when Mendelssohn traveled to Munich, Paris, and London between September 1831 and June 1832. In particular, he was received enthusiastically in Munich, where he gave a highly successful concert on October 17, 1831, including the premier of his Piano Concerto in G Minor, the Symphony in C Minor, and the Sommernachtstraum Overture. Thus, Mendelssohn was on the verge of wider recognition as a composer upon his return to Germany from his travels in June 1832. A succession of important works appeared during 1832 and 1833, including the G Minor Piano Concerto, the first three concert overtures, Ein Sommernachtstraum, Die Hebriden, Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, and Die schöne Melusine.

Keywords:   compositions, Berlin, String Quartets, Munich, Paris, London, Symphony in C Minor, Sommernachtstraum Overture, Germany

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