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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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• Felix Mendelssohn's Faith

• Felix Mendelssohn's Faith

14 • Felix Mendelssohn's Faith
A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

In view of her relatively recent baptism, it is not clear how deeply rooted Fanny Mendelssohn's Christian faith may have been. However, her brother Felix's Christian instruction began at an earlier age. In September 1825—three years after Abraham and his wife Lea had also adopted Christianity—Felix wrote a “confirmation confession” for his religious instructor, Pastor Friedrich Philipp Wilmsen. The sincerity of the convictions expressed in this confession was undeniable, but it could also be reflective of Felix Mendelssohn's religious and ethical thinking. Pastor Julius Schubring casts further light on Mendelssohn's religious views and his relationship with Wilmsen.

Keywords:   confession, Christianity, confirmation, Friedrich Philipp Wilmsen, Julius Schubring, faith

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