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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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  • EdwardSatchell

    Please come to Adelaide.

    5 Apr 2:29am Reply
  • naamah93

    come to Poland

    28 Feb 4:59am 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 10:47am Reply
  • Thurible

    Good jew.

    26 Jan 1:22am Reply
  • ballseven

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

    16 Jan 4:40pm Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Bom dimais.

    1 Jan 12:20pm 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
  • gateofnanna

    Just realized I adressed the comment to the wrong user, oh well

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • gateofnanna

    wangle, I guess that sort of depends on how you look at the eras. There are some that insist that classical and romantic are really just one era. I get your point but I guess it makes sense if you look at it from the standpoint of influence. I'm just playing devil's advocate though; Haydn definitely seems out of place there.

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • manisimmati

    I don't want to exaggerate, but the Andante Maestoso of Die Erste Walpurgisnacht is the most awesome entity existing in this universe – or any other, for all I care.

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • DaniMaverick

    La perfecta melodía de la unión matrimonial

    18 Oct 2012 Reply
  • wangle-mcdangle

    Cats like Felix, like Mendelssohn.

    5 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Wooshmeister

    Am I the only one who doesn't quite understand why Haydn is a similar artist? All the other similar artists make enough sense to me, but Haydn sounds nothing like Mendelssohn...Their music isn't even in the same damn era. One's Classical and one's Romantic...

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
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  • ulyssestone

    Complete works of Mendelssohn in one 55-hour Spotify playlist:

    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • OmmKalthoumFan

    Violin Concerto in E Minor , Fucking Perfect!

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
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