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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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• Charles Edward Horsley

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A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

Although Felix Mendelssohn was not an enthusiastic teacher, he appeared to be successful in stimulating and guiding the composition and performance studies of his pupils. He always encouraged talented musicians to strive for self-development and derived satisfaction from their progress. It is not clear when Mendelssohn first began to teach private students in either composition or piano playing, but there is evidence that he was willing and able to offer critical guidance in composition even at a very young age. Whether he was criticizing a symphony that the twenty-year-old Wilhelm von Boguslawski had sent him or giving a weekly piano lesson to his cousin Arnold Mendelssohn, Mendelssohn had the ability to inspire confidence. Another student was Charles Edward Horsley, a young English musician who studied with Moritz Hauptmann in Kassel before going to Leipzig early in 1841 to join Mendelssohn's circle.

Keywords:   teacher, students, musicians, Wilhelm von Boguslawski, Arnold Mendelssohn, Charles Edward Horsley, Moritz Hauptmann, Kassel, Leipzig

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