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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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• General Appraisals During Mendelssohn's Lifetime

• General Appraisals During Mendelssohn's Lifetime

46 • General Appraisals During Mendelssohn's Lifetime
A Portrait of Mendelssohn

Clive Brown

Yale University Press

During the last decade of his life, Felix Mendelssohn and his works began to be appraised with increasing regularity in biographical encyclopedias and journals. These critical appraisals articulated a number of issues that persisted in later assessments and often drew upon common sources for their material. Two musical accounts of Mendelssohn's career, published in German during the second half of the 1830s, were provided by Rudolf Hirsch in Gallerie lebender Tondichter (1836) and Gustav Schilling in Encyclopädie der gesammten musikalischen Wissenschaften (1837). In France, François-Joseph Fétis's Biographie universelle des musiciens offered a biographical and critical account of Mendelssohn's career up to 1838. In 1845, the Wiener allgemeine Musik-Zeitung journal published an account by Alfred Julius Becher appraising Mendelssohn's position as a composer by comparing him to Hector Berlioz.

Keywords:   appraisals, encyclopedias, journals, Rudolf Hirsch, Gustav Schilling, François-Joseph Fétis, Wiener allgemeine Musik-Zeitung, Alfred Julius Becher, Hector Berlioz

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