If the invective of Nietzsche and Shaw is to be taken as an endorsement of the lasting quality of an artist, then Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy takes pride of place beside Tennyson and Brahms in the canon of great nineteenth-century artists. Mendelssohn Perspectives presents valuable new insights into Mendelssohn’s music, biography and reception. Critically engaging a wide range of source materials, the volume combines traditional musical-analytical studies with those that draw on other humanistic disciplines to shed new light on the composer’s life, and on his contemporary and posthumous reputations. Together, these essays bring new historical and interpretive dimensions to Mendelssohn studies. The volume offers essays on Mendelssohn's Jewishness, his vast correspondence, his music for the stage, and his relationship with music of the past and future, as well as the compositional process and handling of form in the music of both Mendelssohn and his sister, the composer Fanny Hensel. German literature and aesthetics, gender and race, philosophy and science, and issues of historicism all come to bear on these new perspectives on Mendelssohn.
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About the Author
Nicole Grimes is a Marie Curie Fellow (2011-14) with joint affiliation at the University of California, Irvine and University College Dublin. She was awarded a PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 2008, for her dissertation on Johannes Brahms, and she was a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) fellow at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2007-2008. Her publications include articles and reviews in several journals, and she is co-editor of a forthcoming volume of essays on Eduard Hanslick.
Angela R. Mace is a PhD candidate in musicology at Duke University (MA musicology, 2008), where she is writing her dissertation on the Mendelssohns. Mace was a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) fellow at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2010-11. She received her BMus in piano performance from Vanderbilt University in 2006. Mace revised and enlarged J. Michael Cooper’s Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: A Research and Information Guide (New York: Routledge, 2011).
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction, Nicole Grimes and Angela R. Mace; Part I Mendelssohn's Jewishness: Never perfectly beautiful: physiognomy, Jewishness, and Mendelssohn portraiture, Marian Wilson Kimber; Mendelssohn's 'untergang': reconsidering the impact of Wagner's 'Judaism in Music', Sinéad Dempsey-Garratt; 'Wordless Judaism, like the songs of Mendelssohn'? Hanslick, Mendelssohn and cultural politics in late 19th-century Vienna, Nicole Grimes; Mendelssohn's conversion to Judaism: an English perspective, Colin Eatock. Part II Between Tradition and Innovation: Norm and deformation in Mendelssohn's sonata forms, Paul Wingfield and Julian Horton; Mendelssohn and Berlioz: selective affinities, John Michael Cooper; Between tradition and innovation: Mendelssohn as music director and his performances of Bach in Leipzig, Anselm Hartinger. Part III Mendelssohn and the Stage: Converting the pagans: Mendelssohn, Greek tragedy, and the Christian ethos, Jason Geary; The phantom of Mendelssohn's opera: fictional accounts and posthumous propaganda, Monika Hennemann. Part IV Style and Compositional Process: Mendelssohn's Liede ohne Worte and the limits of musical expression, R. Larry Todd; Improvisation, elaboration, composition: the Mendelssohns and the classical cadenza, Angela R. Mace; Cyclic form and musical memory in Mendelssohn's String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12, Benedict Taylor. Part V Contemporary Views and Posthumous Perspectives: A friendship in letters: the correspondence of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Carl Klingemann, Regina Back; Mendelssohn as portrayed in the Goethe-Zelter correspondence, Lorraine Byrne Bodley; Business is war: Mendelssohn and his Italian publishers, Pietro Zappalà; Beyond the salon: Mendelssohn’s French audience, Cécile Reynaud; Bibliography; Indexes.