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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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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
3 Motets, Op.69: Nunc dimittis6 Motets: Am Karfreitag, Op.79 no. 66 Motets: Weihnachten, Op.79 no.1A 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: Wedding MarchA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: excerptsA Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21Allegro Brillant, Op.92Andante and Variations in B flat major for piano four-hands, Op.83aAndante in E major for string quartet, Op.81 no.1As pants the hart (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op.34 no.2Capriccio in E minor for string quartet, Op.81 no.3Cello Sonata no. 1 in B flat major, Op.45Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Christus (unfinished), Op.97Christus: Partie 1, Die Geburt ChristiChristus: Partie 2, Das Leiden ChristiChristus: When Jesus our LordChristus: Where is the newborn King?Clarinet Sonata in E flat major: AndanteConcert piece no. 1 in F minor, for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra, Op.113Concert piece no. 2 in D minor, for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra , Op.114Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorConcerto for two pianos and orchestra in A flat majorDa Israel aus Ägypten zog "Psalm 114", Op.51Das Waldschloss, WoO 17, no.1Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)ElijahFantasies, Op.16Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op.81Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Hark! the herald angels singHebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Herr, nun lässest Du deinen Diener in Friede fahren, Op. 69 no. 1Hör mein BittenLaudate pueri Dominum, Op.39 no.2, MWV B30Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Op.62Lieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoLieder: selectionMinneliedNachtlied, Op.71 no.6Neue Liebe: In dem Mondenschein im Walde, Op.19a no.4Overture in C major for wind instruments, Op.24Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27PagenliedPiano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op.25Piano Sextet in D major, Op.110Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Scherzo in A minor for string quartet, Op.81 no.2Song without words in A major "Duetto", Op.38 no.6Song without words in A major "Spring song", Op.62 no.6Song without words in A major, Op.19b no.4Song without words in A minor, Op.19b no.2Song without words in A minor, Op.38 no.5Song without words in B flat major, Op.67 no.3Song without words in B minor, Op.30 no.4Song without words in B minor, Op.67 no.5Song without words in C major "Spinnerlied", Op.67 no.4Song without words in C major, Op.102 no.3Song without words in C major, Op.102 no.6Song without words in D major, Op.109Song without words in D major, Op.30 no.5Song without words in E major, Op.19b no.1Song without words in E major, Op.38 no.3Song without words in E minor "Trauermarsch", Op.62 no.3Song without words in E minor, Op.102 no.1Song without words in F sharp minor, Op.19b no.5Song without words in F sharp minor, Op.67 no.2Song without words in G minor, Op.102 no.4Songs Without Words: selectionSongs without Words, Op.67St Paul, Op.36St Paul, Op.36: OvertureString Octet in E flat major, Op.20String Quartet no. 1 in E flat major, Op.12String Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Op.13String Quartet no. 4 in E minor, Op.44 no. 2String Quartet no. 5 in E flat major, Op.44 no. 3String Quartet no. 6 in F minor, Op.80String Quintet in A major, Op.18String Quintet no. 2 in B flat major, Op.87String Symphony no. 1 in C majorString Symphony no. 10 in B minorString symphony no. 12 in G minorSuleika, Op.34 no.4Symphony 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.32Theme and Variations in D majorThree pieces for clarinet, cello and piano (arr. Ernst Naumann)Variations Concertantes in D major, Op.17Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Venetian Boat Songs (Venezianisches Gondellied)Verleih uns FriedenViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64: AllegroViolin Sonata in F majorVon Himmel hoch, choral cantataWeihnachtslied