The Mendelssohns: Their Music in History

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Since about 1970 there has been a veritable renaissance in scholarship and performances concerning the works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Fanny Hensel. The essays in this book, presenting the findings of three generations of members of the international community of Mendelssohn/Hensel scholars, constitute a compendium of cutting-edge research relating to these two important representatives of nineteenth-century musical culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198167235
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/16/2003
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

College of Music, University of North Texas

Illinois Western University

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Musical Examples
List of Contributors
1 'It seems to have been lost': On Missing and Recovered Mendelssohn Sources 3
App. 1 A Preliminary List of Lost or Missing Mendelssohn Works 16
App. 2 A Preliminary List of Missing Mendelssohn Autographs 22
App. 3 Some Autographs Transmitting Only Portions of Works 24
2 Editorial Problems in Mendelssohn's Organ Preludes, Op. 37 27
3 Mendelssohn's Two Infelice Arias: Problems of Sources and Musical Identity 43
4 Mendelssohn's First Composition 101
5 The Programme of Mendelssohn's 'Reformation' Symphony, Op. 107 115
6 Kindred Spirits: Mendelssohn and Goethe, Die erste Walpurgisnacht 135
7 Just how 'Scottish' is the 'Scottish' Symphony? Thoughts on Form and Poetic Content in Mendelssohn's Opus 56 147
8 'Indessen wollte ich mich Ihnen gern gerfallig beweisen': On Some Occasional Works, with an Unknown Composition by Mendelssohn 169
9 'So kann ich es nicht componiren': Mendelssohn, Opera, and the Libretto Problem 181
10 Mendelssohn's Cycles of Songs 203
App Sources and Dates for Mendelssohn's Quartet Lieder 225
11 Similarities and Differences in the Artistic Development of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in a Family Context: Observations Based on the Early Berlin Autograph Volumes 233
12 On Stylistic Affinities in the Works of Fanny Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy 245
13 Virtuoso Texture in Fanny Hensel's Piano Music 263
14 Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Hensel: The Search for Perfection in Opposing Private and Public Worlds 279
15 Felix Mendelssohn and his Place in the Organ World of his Time 291
16 Epigones of an Epigone? Concerning Mendelssohn's String Quartets - and the Consequences 303
17 The Composer as Other: Gender and Race in the Biography of Felix Mendelssohn 335
Select Bibliography 353
General Index 369
Index of Works 377
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