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Author Todd, R. Larry.

Title Mendelssohn : a life in music / R. Larry Todd.

Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.

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Description 1 online resource (xxix, 683 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 629-652) and indexes.
Contents In Nebel und Nacht: Hamburg to Berlin (1809-1819) -- Apprenticed prodigy (1820-1821) -- The second Mozart (1821-1822) -- From apprentice to journeyman (1823-1824) -- The prodigy's voice (1825-1826) -- In the public eye (1827-1829) -- Amateur gentleman (1829) -- Wanderlust (1830-1832) -- Dusseldorf beginnings (1832-1835) -- The apostle's voice (1835-1837) -- Musical Biedermeier (1837-1839) -- Leipzig vs Berlin (1840-1842) -- From Kapellmeister to Generalmusikdirektor (1841-1842) -- Portrait of a Prussian musician (1843-1844) -- The noon of fame: years of triumph (1844-1846) -- The prophet's voice: Elijah's chariot (1846-1847).
Summary An extraordinary prodigy of Mozartean abilities, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was a distinguished composer and conductor, a legendary pianist and organist, and an accomplished painter and classicist. Lionized in his lifetime, he is best remembered today for several staples of the concert hall and for such popular music as "The Wedding March" and "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing."; Now, in the first major Mendelssohn biography to appear in decades, R. Larry Todd offers a remarkably fresh account of this musical giant, based upon painstaking research in autograph manuscripts, correspondence, diaries, and paintings. Rejecting the view of the composer as a craftsman of felicitous but sentimental, saccharine works (termed by one critic "moonlight with sugar water"), Todd reexamines the composer's entire oeuvre, including many unpublished and little known works. Here are; engaging analyses of Mendelssohn's distinctive masterpieces--the zestful Octet, puckish Midsummer Night's Dream, haunting Hebrides Overtures, and elegiac Violin Concerto in E minor. Todd describes how the composer excelled in understatement and nuance, in subtle, coloristic orchestrations that lent; his scores an undeniable freshness and vividness. He also explores Mendelssohn's changing awareness of his religious heritage, Wagner's virulent anti-Semitic attack on Mendelssohn's music, the composer's complex relationship with his sister Fanny Hensel, herself a child prodigy and prolific composer, his avocation as a painter and draughtsman, and his remarkable, polylingual correspondence with the cultural elite of his time.; Mendelssohn: A Life offers a masterful blend of biography and musical analysis. Readers will discover many new facets of the familiar but misunderstood composer and gain new perspectives on one of the most formidable musical geniuses of all time.
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Subject Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847.
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847
Composers -- Germany -- Biography.
Indexed Term Humaniora Musik.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Todd, R. Larry. Mendelssohn. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003 0195110439 (DLC) 2003058242 (OCoLC)52806223
ISBN 9780198027058 (electronic bk.)
0198027052 (electronic bk.)
9780195110432 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0195110439 (cloth ; alk. paper)