"There is one god, Bach, and Mendelssohn is his prophet." Hector Berlioz
The Hamburg-born composer, pianist and organist Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) is often regarded as the musical link between the Classical Period and the Romantic Period, and through his systematic approach, he helped to strengthen and develop the conductor’s role as leader of the orchestra.
With his lyric piano cycle Songs without Words he created a new genre, which epitomises the spirit of romanticism. His incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of his most frequently performed works, not only due to the well-known Wedding March, but also because of it’s depth, and descriptive beauty.
Mendelssohn was the grandson of the Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, and came from a wealthy family of music and culture enthusiasts. The family later converted to Christianity, and adopted the name Bartholdy as their second surname. Although he was held in high esteem by the experts of the era, his Jewish origins meant he was vastly under-appreciated after his death.
Mendelssohn was, however, one of the first to advocate for the cultivation of German music. As a conductor and pianist, he frequently performed repertoire from the Baroque Period, above all J.S Bach and Handel, and in 1843 he founded the first music academy in Germany, the Leipzig Conservatory.
His life was characterized by an unbroken creativity; he composed, conducted and worked tirelessly. The Mendelssohn catalogue Raisonné (MWV) today lists 750 works. His sister Fanny Hensel was his closest confidante.
Sinfonie-Kantate für drei Solostimmen (SST), gemischten Chor (SSAATB) und Orchester
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for: 3 soloists (SST), mixed choir (SSAATB), orchestra, organ