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A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown


Since his death in 1847, Felix Mendelssohn's music and personality have been both admired and denigrated to extraordinary degrees. This book weaves together a rich array of documents—letters, diaries, memoirs, reviews, news reports, and more—to present a balanced and fascinating picture of the composer and his work. Rejecting the received view of Mendelssohn as a facile, lightweight musician, the book demonstrates that he was in fact an innovative and highly cerebral composer who exerted a powerful influence on musical thought into the twentieth century. It discusses Mendelssohn's family backg ... More

Keywords: musical thought, education, religion, race, reputation, critical reception, memoirs, diaries, music

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300095395
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300095395.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clive Brown, author

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One • The Man

Two • Multiplicity of Talent

Three • Family Background, Childhood and Education

Four • Religion and Race

Five • Professional Career

Six • The Practical Musicians

Seven • The Teacher

Eight • The Composer

Nine • Critical Reception

Ten • Posthumous Reputation

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