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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
...or does it mean death?, Eight songs for Soprano and String Quartet (arr. by Reimann)A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61 (Incidental Music)A 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, Op.61: excerptsA Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture, Op.21Antigone, Op.55As pants the hart (Wie der Hirsch schreit) Psalm 42 in F major, Op.42Assai tranquilloAuf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op.34 no.2Ave Maria, Op.23 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 58Choral Cantata no. 1 "Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein"Christus (unfinished), Op.97Christus: When Jesus our LordClarinet 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 Two Pianos and Orchestra in E major, S.5Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorDenn er hat seinen Englein befohlenDouble Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorDrei geistliche Lieder, Op.96ElijahFantasy in F sharp minor "Scottish sonata", Op.28Hark! the herald angels singHör mein BittenInfelice, Op.94Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Op.62Lieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoMinneliedNeue Liebe: In dem Mondenschein im Walde, Op.19a no.4Organ sonata no. 3 in A major "Con Moto Maestoso", Op.65Organ sonata no.1 in F minor, Op.65Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op.25Piano Concerto no. 2 in D minor, Op.40Piano Sextet in D major, Op.110Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Prelude and fugue in E minor, Op.35 no.1Psalm 115: Non Nobis, Domine Op.31Rondo Capriccioso in E major, Op.14Song without words in A major "Duetto", Op.38 no.6Song without words in A major, Op.19b no.4Song without words in A minor, Op.19b no.2Song without words in B flat major, Op.67 no.3Song without words in B minor, Op.67 no.5Song without words in E major, Op.19b no.1Song without words in G major, Op.62 no.1Songs Without Words: selectionSt 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. 3 in D major, Op.44 no. 1String 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. 13 in C minor "Sinfoniesatz"String Symphony no. 9 in C major "Swiss"String symphony no. 7 in D minorString symphony no. 8 in D majorSymphony 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.32The Hebrides Overture, “Fingal's Cave”, Op.26Three pieces for clarinet, cello and piano (arr. Ernst Naumann)Variations Concertantes in D major, Op.17Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Verleih uns FriedenViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Sonata in F majorVon Himmel hoch, choral cantataWeinend seh' ich in die Nacht