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The life of Mendelssohn

Author: Peter Jameson Mercer-Taylor
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Series: Musical lives.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Felix; Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Jameson Mercer-Taylor
ISBN: 0521630258 9780521630252 0521639727 9780521639729
OCLC Number: 42861740
Language Note: English.
Description: viii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Beginnings --
The prodigy --
First maturity --
The Grand Tour --
Frustrations in Berlin and Düsseldorf --
Scaling the heights in Leipzig --
More frustrations in Berlin --
Endings.
Series Title: Musical lives.
Responsibility: Peter Mercer-Taylor.
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"A fine volume in Cambridge's highly regarded "Musical Lives" series, this biography...concisely, charmingly, and intelligently presents the composer and his music...Recommended as a core collection Read more...

 
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