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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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• Generalmusikdirektor in Berlin

• Generalmusikdirektor in Berlin

23 • Generalmusikdirektor in Berlin
A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

Despite his initial skepticism, Felix Mendelssohn became Generalmusikdirektor in Berlin in 1843. He completed and directed the incidental music for Ein Sommernachtstraum and Athalie, as well as the choruses in Oedipus, for King Friedrich Wilhelm's performances at Potsdam. He also agreed to undertake two oratorio performances and a series of orchestral concerts during the winter, along with direct choral and orchestral performances in the cathedral on festival days, for which he would also supply compositions. Mendelssohn and Wilhelm Taubert conducted alternate concerts that commenced in November. However, Mendelssohn eventually withdrew from his duties at the cathedral. His residual duties in Berlin was limited to conducting the performances of Oedipus Coloneus and Athalie in 1846.

Keywords:   music, Generalmusikdirektor, Berlin, Ein Sommernachtstraum, Athalie, concerts, cathedral, Oedipus Coloneus

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