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Felix Mendelssohn

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Hamburg, Germany (1809 – 1847)

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, known generally as Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847) was a German composer, pianist, organist, and conductor of the early Romantic period.

Mendelssohn was born on 3rd February 1809 in Hamburg, Germany into a notable Jewish family (his grandfather was the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn). He was a child prodigy, though his family were careful not to allow this to distort his upbringing, and only approved of his following a musical career when it was clear that he was serious about music.

Early success in Germany was followed by travel throughout Europe; Mendelssohn was particularly well received in Britain as a composer, conductor and soloist, and his ten visits there (during which many of his major works were premiered) form an important part of his adult career. His essentially conservative musical tastes however set him apart from many of his more adventurous musical contemporaries such as Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, and Hector Berlioz. The Conservatory he founded at Leipzig became a bastion of this anti-radical outlook.

Mendelssohn’s work includes symphonies, concertos, oratorios, piano works, and chamber music. He also had an important role in the revival of interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. After a long period of relative denigration due to changing musical tastes and antisemitism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, his creative originality has again been recognised, and re-evaluated. He is now among the most popular composers of the Romantic era.

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  • Iggy_86

    The Hebrides! <3

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • tayubino

    string octet is a masterpiece

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Wooshmeister

    I liked Mendelssohn almost immediately. I like practically everything I've heard by him from his Piano Concertos (a form I usually don't care for) to his Symphonies. His music just "clicks" with me.

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • purifire

    i dig this guy

    20 Jul 2014 Reply
  • CosmicPi

    He was a prodigy.

    20 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Alexface21

    The Variations Sérieuses sum up everything I love about Mendelssohn.

    18 Jun 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    I don't really like him very much.

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • camune

    To litsen and litsen

    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • yamamotokakapot

    adorable sublime et magnifique

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • hundlord

    Shit vad jag är dålig i magen

    21 Apr 2014 Reply
  • EdwardSatchell

    Please come to Adelaide.

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • naamah93

    come to Poland

    28 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Synesthesis

    The most talented composer after J.S.Bach and W.A.Mozart:) for me...Almost all of his works are epic and impressive. I Like his sense for the dramatic and thrilling moments in his music.

    9 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Thurible

    Good jew.

    26 Jan 2014 Reply
  • ballseven

    Germans... Allegro Molto Vivace is a brilliant piece.

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Bom dimais.

    1 Jan 2014 Reply
  • vrabasseda

    You are not. Wooshmeister. I agree. Mendelssohn looked backwards not towards Haydn but towards J.S. Bach.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    "Similar Artists is wholly generated by what listeners also listen to. Look at some of the lesser-known artists and you'll see this illustrated perfectly. On many pages where I'm the main listener, for example, the "Similar Artists" are other people to whom I listen, with absolutely no other connection to each other.

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • surajsharma

    Now i understand why Sherlock Holmes was a fan!

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • MonarchKingdom

    I guess many people who listen to Mendelssohn listen to Haydn as well, hence the "similarity". They might also get similar tags (with both getting tags like "composer", "symphony", "classical"). I guess similar artists pages are created by some software, and it's not totally intelligent. Most of the guesses are pretty much all right, though.

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
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