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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

9 • The Children's Education
A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

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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