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The Life of Mendelssohn : Musical Lives - Peter Mercer-Taylor

The Life of Mendelssohn

Musical Lives

Hardcover Published: 17th November 2010
ISBN: 9780521630252
Number Of Pages: 248

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Famous for a handful of compositions that continue to sparkle with originality, Mendelssohn, as conductor and scholar, was also one of the principal architects of the musical canon that has underpinned concert life to this day. 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 confronts head-on the myth that Mendelssohn's was a happy, untroubled existence. The composer's last decade was marked by ceaseless psychological turmoil, torn between a staggering performance schedule and a yearning to dedicate his life exclusively to the wife and children he adored, and to the compositional drive that was too often neglected.

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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 item for public and academic libraries." Library Journal "...elegantly presented and visually appealing. Mercer-Taylor writes clearly and engagingly." Journal of Musicological Research

The prodigy
First maturity
The Grand Tour
Frustrations in Berlin and Dnsseldorf
Scaling the heights in Leipzig
More frustrations in Berlin
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ISBN: 9780521630252
ISBN-10: 0521630258
Series: Musical Lives
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 17th November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.46