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Cambridge University Press
The Life of Mendelssohn

The Life of Mendelssohn

by Peter Mercer-Taylor


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The Life of Mendelssohn

This biography of composer and pianist Felix Mendelssohn traces his development from musical child prodigy to a conductor whose influence as an advocate of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven is still felt to this day. A great deal of attention is paid to Mendelssohn's early nineteenth-century cultural surroundings and the book includes interpretation and discussion of major works, without use of musical examples or technical language, placing them within the context of his personal and public life. This is the first new biography of Mendelssohn to appear in some seventeen years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521630252
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/06/2000
Series: Musical Lives Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1. Beginnings; 2. The prodigy; 3. First maturity; 4. The Grand Tour; 5. Frustrations in Berlin and Düsseldorf; 6. Scaling the heights in Leipzig; 7. More frustrations in Berlin; 8. Endings; Notes; Further reading; Index.

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