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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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A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

During the early 1830s, Felix Mendelssohn earned a reputation among critics as a composer of increasing stature and importance following the successful performances of his orchestral compositions. However, his work became accessible to a wider audience due to his chamber and piano music. Mendelssohn's only sacred music published during these years, the Drei Kirchenmusiken, op. 23 (1833) and the setting of Psalm 115 (1835), generated minimal critical attention at the time of publication, as did his chamber music published between 1830 and 1836—the String Quartets opp. 12 and 13, the String Quintet op. 18, the Variations concertantes for Piano and Cello, op. 17, and the Octet op. 20. Lieder ohne Worte became popular within Mendelssohn's lifetime, but generated little critical interest before the latter part of 1830.

Keywords:   chamber music, piano music, sacred music, Drei Kirchenmusiken, Psalm 115, Lieder ohne Worte

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