The Life of Mendelssohn

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Cambridge University Press, 28 sep. 2000 - 238 páginas
Famous for a handful of compositions that continue to sparkle with originality, Mendelssohn, as conductor and scholar, was also one of the principal architects of the musical canon that has underpinned concert life to this day. Mendelssohn was one of music’s greatest child prodigies. This book roots his early years firmly in the cultural and familial histories that shaped his childhood: the rise of his grandfather, Moses, from obscure poverty to international renown as a philosopher; his aunts’ leading role in turn-of-the-century salon culture; his father’s career as one of Berlin’s most successful bankers. At the same time, this book confronts head-on the myth that Mendelssohn’s was a happy, untroubled existence. The composer’s last decade was marked by ceaseless psychological turmoil, torn between a staggering performance schedule and a yearning to dedicate his life exclusively to the wife and children he adored, and to the compositional drive that was too often neglected.
 

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Not necessarily a thoroughly detailed treatment of Mendelssohn's life, this book was more than a competent overview, perfect for preparing for an outing to the symphony. I wanted more exposition on ... Leer reseña completa

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A fine volume in Cambridge's highly regarded "Musical Lives" series, this biography of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47) concisely, charmingly, and intelligently presents the composer and his music, family ... Leer reseña completa

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Beginnings
1
The prodigy
25
First maturity
50
The Grand Tour
76
Frustrations in Berlin and Dusseldorf
110
Scaling the heights in Leipzig
136
More frustrations in Berlin
163
Endings
189
Notes
207
Further Readings
216
Index
219
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