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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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• Obituaries and Contemporaneous General Assessments

• Obituaries and Contemporaneous General Assessments

(p.427) 48 • Obituaries and Contemporaneous General Assessments
A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

Numerous obituaries written and published following Felix Mendelssohn's death were not only intended to honor his memory; they also offer a glimpse into his status. One such obituary, written by Gustav Kühne the day after Mendelssohn's death and endorsed by Robert Schumann, reflects the opinion of someone who had observed the composer's career in Leipzig at first hand. Another obituary, offering a different perspective, was that by Ernst Kossak, published in the Neue Berliner Musikzeitung on November 10, 1847. In England, many obituaries focused on Mendelssohn's local impact by describing his performances and personal life. George Alexander Macfarren, for example, ranked Mendelssohn with the greatest composers.

Keywords:   obituaries, Gustav Kühne, Robert Schumann, Leipzig, Ernst Kossak, Neue Berliner Musikzeitung, England, George Alexander Macfarren, composers

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