The Life of Mendelssohn
By (author) Peter Mercer-Taylor
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Life of Mendelssohn by Peter Mercer-Taylor
Book DescriptionFamous for a handful of compositions that continue to sparkle with originality, Mendelssohn, as conductor and scholar, was also one of the principal architects of the musical canon that has underpinned concert life to this day. Mendelssohn was one of music's greatest child prodigies. This book roots his early years firmly in the cultural and familial histories that shaped his childhood: the rise of his grandfather, Moses, from obscure poverty to international renown as a philosopher; his aunts' leading role in turn-of-the-century salon culture; his father's career as one of Berlin's most successful bankers. At the same time, this book confronts head-on the myth that Mendelssohn's was a happy, untroubled existence. The composer's last decade was marked by ceaseless psychological turmoil, torn between a staggering performance schedule and a yearning to dedicate his life exclusively to the wife and children he adored, and to the compositional drive that was too often neglected.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521639729
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Mercer-Taylor
Cambridge Companion to Mendelssohn, Paperback (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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