Mendelssohn and Victorian England

Mendelssohn and Victorian England

by Colin Timothy Eatock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754666522

ISBN-13: 9780754666523

Pub. Date: 08/01/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This valuable book considers the reception of the composer, pianist, organist and conductor Felix Mendelssohn in nineteenth-century England, and his influence on English musical culture. Despite the composer's immense popularity in the nation during his lifetime and in the decades following his death, this is the first book to deal exclusively with the subject of

Overview

This valuable book considers the reception of the composer, pianist, organist and conductor Felix Mendelssohn in nineteenth-century England, and his influence on English musical culture. Despite the composer's immense popularity in the nation during his lifetime and in the decades following his death, this is the first book to deal exclusively with the subject of Mendelssohn in England. Mendelssohn's highly successful ten trips to Britain,
between 1829 and 1847, are documented and discussed in detail, as are his relationships with English musicians and a variety of prominent figures. An introductory chapter describes the musical life of England (especially
London) at the time of Mendelssohn's arrival and the last two chapters deal with the composer's posthumous reception, to the end of the Victorian era. Eatock reveals Mendelssohn as a catalyst for the expansion of English musical culture in the nineteenth century. In taking this position, the author challenges much of the extant literature on the subject and provides an engaging story that brings Mendelssohn and his English experiences to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754666523
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Music in the metropolis, 1829; The first visit; Consolidation in the 1830s; Mendelssohn mania in the 1840s; Elijah and the end; ; Apotheosis; Fragmentation and legacy; Appendices; Select bibliography; Index.

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