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Felix Mendelssohn

Born in Hamburg, Germany 3 February 1809, Felix Mendelssohn was part of a privileged family. With an art-loving father, a mother who read Plato, a grandfather known as a philosopher and a sister who composed music, the household was a meeting place for wit and culture allowing Felix to develop his talent. Encouraged by those around him, his first public performance as a pianist at the age of 9 and first masterpiece, an overture to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 17, were just the beginning. Mendelssohn dedicated his young life promoting classical traditions of music. The revival of Bach can be attributed to Felix Mendelssohn.

Video and Audio

Understanding the Music: Mendelssohn - Music for A Midsummer Night's Dream

The early romantics.

Understanding the Music: Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Understanding the Music: Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, "Italian"