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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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• Social and Intellectual Environment

• Social and Intellectual Environment

10 • Social and Intellectual Environment
A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

Several first-hand accounts offer a glimpse into Felix Mendelssohn's environment and activities, as well as the people who belonged to his close circle during his teenage years in Berlin. Eduard Philipp Devrient noted how the regular intellectual and musical gatherings that took place in the Mendelssohn household contributed to Felix's development. Foreign musicians provided endless entertainment and suggestions to Felix and his sister Fanny. There was also provision for physical education. According to Devrient, Karl Klingemann (later regarded by Mendelssohn as his closest friend) aroused Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn's sympathy in Jean Paul Richter. Another important account comes from Julius Schubring, who describes Mendelssohn's social and intellectual environment during the years immediately before he traveled to Britain and Italy.

Keywords:   social environment, intellectual environment, Berlin, Eduard Philipp Devrient, physical education, Karl Klingemann, Jean Paul Richter, Julius Schubring, Fanny Mendelssohn

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