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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 Children's Education

• The Children's Education

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9 • The Children's Education
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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/9780300095395.003.0009

When he was nine years old, Felix Mendelssohn underwent thorough and arduous instruction that began at five in the morning, except on Sundays. On March 22, 1820, Felix wrote a letter to an unidentified doctor in which he gave an account of his studies and offers a glimpse into one of his earliest major contributions to the family music making. Another source that sheds light on the home background and education of the Mendelssohn children is Paphlëis, a lengthy comic-heroic poem composed by Felix. A parody of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Achillëis of 1808, the poem illustrates the breadth of culture enjoyed by the Mendelssohn children.

Keywords:   education, music, Paphlëis, poem, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Achillëis

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