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Mendelssohn and His World : Bard Music Festival (Paperback) - R. Larry Todd

Mendelssohn and His World

Bard Music Festival (Paperback)

By: R. Larry Todd (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th August 1991
ISBN: 9780691027159
Number Of Pages: 424

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During the 1830s and 1840s the remarkably versatile composer-pianist-organist-conductor Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy stood at the forefront of German and English musical life. Bringing together previously unpublished essays by historians and musicologists, reflections on Mendelssohn written by his contemporaries, the composer's own letters, and early critical reviews of his music, this volume explores various facets of Mendelssohn's music, his social and intellectual circles, and his career. The essays in Part I cover the nature of a Jewish identity in Mendelssohn's music (Leon Botstein); his relationship to the Berlin Singakademie (William A. Little); the role of his sister Fanny Hensel, herself a child prodigy and accomplished composer (Nancy Reich); Mendelssohn's compositional craft in the Italian Symphony and selected concert overtures (Claudio Spies); his oratorio Elijah (Martin Staehelin); his incidental music to Sophocles' Antigone (Michael P. Steinberg); his anthem "Why, O Lord, delay forever?" (David Brodbeck); and an unfinished piano sonata (R. Larry Todd). Part II presents little-known memoirs by such contemporaries as J. C. Lobe, A. B. Marx, Julius Schubring, C. E. Horsley, Max Mller, and Betty Pistor. Mendelssohn's letters are represented in Part III by his correspondence with Wilhelm von Boguslawski and Aloys Fuchs, here translated for the first time. Part IV contains late nineteenth-century critical reviews by Heinrich Heine, Franz Brendel, Friedrich Niecks, Otto Jahn, and Hans von Blow.

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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1992 "Mendelssohn and His World... is richly textured in its approaches-music-, social-, and religious-historical; biographical; analytic; and documentary-and, what is perhaps more rewarding, in the implicit dialogues engendered by its inherent multiplicity of voices."--Notes

FrontMatter, pg. iContents, pg. vPreface, pg. ixAcknowledgments, pg. xiiiThe Aesthetics of Assimilation and Affirmation: Reconstructing the Career of Felix Mendelssohn, pg. 5Some Notes on an Anthem by Mendelssohn, pg. 43Mendelssohn and the Berlin Singakademie: The Composer at the Crossroads, pg. 65The Power of Class: Fanny Hensel, pg. 86Samplings, pg. 100Elijah, Johann Sebastian Bach, and the New Covenant: On the Aria "Es ist genug" in Felix Mendelssohn- Bartholdy''s Oratorio Elijah, pg. 121The Incidental Politics to Mendelssohn's Antigone, pg. 137The Unfinished Mendelssohn, pg. 158Conversations with Felix Mendelssohn, pg. 187From the Memoirs of Adolf Bernhard Marx, pg. 206Reminiscences of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, pg. 221Reminiscences of Mendelssohn by His English Pupil, pg. 237From the Memoirs of F. Max Muller, pg. 252From the Memoirs of Ernst Rudorff, pg. 259Letters from Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy to Aloys Fuchs, pg. 275Mendelssohn as Teacher, pg. 310Robert Schumann with Reference to Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and the Development of Modern Music in General, pg. 341Heinrich Heine on Mendelssohn, pg. 352On F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Oratorio Elijah, pg. 364On Mendelssohn and Some of His Contemporary Critics, pg. 382Felix Mendelssohn, pg. 390Index of Names and Compositions, pg. 395List of Contributors, pg. 402

ISBN: 9780691027159
ISBN-10: 0691027153
Series: Bard Music Festival (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 13th August 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 15.6  x 2.64
Weight (kg): 0.54