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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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Biography
Mendelssohn, Felix

Although he was born nearly 40 years after Beethoven, Mendelssohn's music also spans the transition from classical to romantic. He had great ability to create romantic mood, though his music is rarely sentimental and always tempered by awareness of the classical tradition that preceded him. Mendelssohn's music was immensely popular in Victorian England; his Italian and Scottish symphonies, the Violin Concerto and the incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream are still among the most frequently played. Lovers of chamber music rank his work highly, with his best works on a par with those of Haydn and Beethoven.

Like Mozart, Mendelssohn was a child prodigy: he played his first public concert at nine years old. His string Octet, written at age 16, is a work of extraordinary maturity. Unlike Mozart, he was born into a wealthy family, and given the best education that could be found. The most notable event of his early years was his family's conversion to Christianity (in which his name changed to Mendelssohn Bartholdy, which often appears today on recordings and concert listings). He seems to have been a charming man unspoilt by the family wealth: he worked prodigiously hard, and his scores show meticulous attention to detail.

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List of works
A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61 (Incidental Music)A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: IntermezzoA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: NocturneA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: ScherzoA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: Wedding MarchA Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Christus (unfinished), Op.97Concert piece no. 2 in D minor, for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra , Op.114Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorDouble Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorElijahElijah, Op.70: Lift Thine EyesHark! the herald angels singHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Infelice, Op.94Lieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoLieder on poems by Heinrich HeineMitten wir im Leben sind, Op.23 no.3Organ sonata no. 2 in C minor, Op.65Organ sonata no.1 in F minor, Op.65Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27Piano Sextet in D major, Op.110Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Ruy Blas overture, Op.95Song without words in D major, Op.109Songs Without Words: selectionString Octet in E flat major, Op.20String Quartet no. 3 in D major, Op.44 no. 1String Quartet no. 4 in E minor, Op.44 no. 2String Quartet no. 6 in F minor, Op.80String Symphony no. 13 in C minor "Sinfoniesatz"String Symphony no. 3 in E minorString symphony no. 7 in D minorSymphony no. 1 in C minor, Op.11Symphony no. 2 in B flat major, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise), Op.52Symphony no. 3 in A minor, "Scottish", Op.56Symphony no. 4 in A major "Italian", Op.90Symphony no. 5 in D major, "Reformation", Op.107The DreamThe Fair Melusina, overture in F major, Op.32Trumpet overture, Op.101Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Verleih uns FriedenViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64