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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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A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

The oratorio St Paul established Felix Mendelssohn's reputation as the leading young composer of the day. Premiered at Düsseldorf in 1836 and published the following year, St Paul was acknowledged and it gave Mendelssohn universal recognition as a master. St Paul generated considerable press response during the first few years after its 1836 premiere, even eliciting a twenty-six-page booklet from Otto Jahn in 1842. In an article published in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung journal in 1837, Gottfried Wilhelm Fink offered one of the earliest reflective critiques of the oratorio. Another review, written at almost the same time in England, was much more critical of Mendelssohn's homage to Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel.

Keywords:   oratorio, St Paul, Düsseldorf, Otto Jahn, Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, Gottfried Wilhelm Fink, England, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel

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