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By Clive Brown

In view that his demise in 1847, Felix Mendelssohn's track and character were either trendy and denigrated to impressive levels. during this learn Clive Brown weaves jointly a wealthy array of records - letters, diaries, memoirs, reports, information experiences and extra - with the purpose of providing a balanced photograph of the composer and his paintings. Rejecting the bought view of Mendelssohn as a facile, light-weight musician, Brown demonstrates that he used to be in reality an leading edge and hugely cerebral composer who exerted a strong effect on musical proposal into the twentieth century. Brown discusses Mendelssohn's relations heritage and schooling; the function of faith and race in his lifestyles and attractiveness; his reports as useful musician (pianist, organist, string participant, conductor) and as instructor and composer; the severe reception of his works; and the vicissitudes of his posthumous recognition. The textual content additionally contains a diversity of hitherto unpublished sketches made by means of Mendelssohn. the result's a portrayal of the guy and his achievements as seen via his personal phrases and people of his contemporaries.

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