The Cambridge Companion to Mendelssohn
Edited by Peter Mercer-Taylor
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Cambridge Companion to Mendelssohn by Peter Mercer-Taylor
Book DescriptionThe Companion to Mendelssohn, is written by leading scholars in the field. In fourteen chapters they explore the life, work, and reception of a composer-performer once thought uniquely untroubled in life and art alike, but who is now broadly understood as one of the nineteenth century's most deeply problematic musical figures. The first section of the volume considers issues of biography, with chapters dedicated to Mendelssohn's role in the emergence of Europe's modern musical institutions, to the persistent tensions of his German-Jewish identity, and to his close but enigmatic relationship with his gifted older sister, Fanny. The following nine essays survey Mendelssohn's expansive and multi-faceted musical output, marked as it was by successes in almost every contemporary musical genre outside of opera. The volume's two closing essays confront, in turn, the turbulent course of Mendelssohn's posthumous reception and some of the challenges his music continues to pose for modern performers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521533423
(247mm x 174mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Mercer-Taylor
Cambridge Companion to Mendelssohn, Hardback (October 2004)
This book surveys the life, work, and posthumous reception of nineteenth-century German-Jewish composer Felix Mendelssohn.
Life of Mendelssohn, Hardback (September 2000)» View all books by Peter Mercer-Taylor
This biography traces Mendelssohn's development from dazzling child prodigy to renowned composer and conductor.
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Author Biography - Peter Mercer-Taylor
Peter Mercer-Taylor is Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Minnesota School of Music. He is the author of The Life of Mendelssohn (Cambridge, 2000) and has published in a number of journals including The Journal of Musicology and Popular Music and Society.
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