RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 56526672 LA English T1 The price of assimilation : Felix Mendelssohn and the nineteenth-century anti-Semitic tradition A1 Sposato, Jeffrey S., PB Oxford University Press PP Oxford; New York YR 2006 SN 0195149742 9780195149746 9780195386899 0195386892 AB "In The Price of Assimilation, Jeffrey Sposato offers a bold, revisionist account of composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's relationship to his Jewish roots. Sposato challenges the notion that Mendelssohn's identity was strongly informed by a sense of Jewishness, a view that came into currency in the aftermath of the Holocaust. As scholars since then have rightly noted, Mendelssohn was born Jewish and not converted to Protestantism until age seven, his grandfather was the famous Jewish reformer and philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, and his music was banned by the Nazis, who clearly viewed him as a Jew. But these facts tell only part of the story." "Through a mix of cultural analysis, biographical study, and a close examination of original sources and drafts of Mendelssohn's sacred works, The Price of Assimilation provides dramatic new answers to the so-called "Mendelssohn Jewish question.""--Jacket.