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A portrait of Mendelssohn

Author: Clive Brown
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Since his death in 1847, Felix Mendelssohn's music and personality have been both admired and denigrated to extraordinary degrees. In this book Clive Brown weaves together an array of documents - letters, diaries, memoirs, reviews, news reports, and more - to present a balanced and fascinating picture of the composer and his work. Rejecting the received view of Mendelssohn as a facile, lightweight musician, Brown
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Clive Brown
ISBN: 0300095392 9780300095395
OCLC Number: 50285106
Description: xxxiii, 551 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The man --
Multiplicity of talent --
Family background, childhood and education --
Religion and race --
Professional career --
The practical musician --
The teacher --
The composer --
Critical reception --
Posthumous reputation.
Responsibility: Clive Brown.

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"Since his death in 1847, Felix Mendelssohn's music and personality have been both admired and denigrated to extraordinary degrees. In this book Clive Brown weaves together an array of documents - letters, diaries, memoirs, reviews, news reports, and more - to present a balanced and fascinating picture of the composer and his work. Rejecting the received view of Mendelssohn as a facile, lightweight musician, Brown demonstrates that he was in fact an innovative and highly cerebral composer who exerted a powerful influence on musical thought into the twentieth century.".

"Brown discusses Mendelssohn's family background and education; the role of religion and race in his life and reputation; his experiences as practical musician (pianist, organist, string player, conductor) and as teacher and composer; the critical reception of his works; and the vicissitudes of his posthumous reputation. The book also includes a range of hitherto unpublished sketches made by Mendelssohn."--BOOK JACKET.

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