By Clive Brown
On account that his demise in 1847, Felix Mendelssohn's tune and character were either well-liked and denigrated to notable levels. during this learn Clive Brown weaves jointly a wealthy array of records - letters, diaries, memoirs, reports, information experiences and extra - with the purpose of featuring a balanced photo of the composer and his paintings. Rejecting the bought view of Mendelssohn as a facile, light-weight musician, Brown demonstrates that he was once actually an leading edge and hugely cerebral composer who exerted a robust impact on musical suggestion into the 20 th century. Brown discusses Mendelssohn's kin historical past and schooling; the function of faith and race in his existence and attractiveness; his stories as functional musician (pianist, organist, string participant, conductor) and as instructor and composer; the severe reception of his works; and the vicissitudes of his posthumous recognition. The textual content additionally features a variety of hitherto unpublished sketches made through Mendelssohn. the result's a portrayal of the fellow and his achievements as seen via his personal phrases and people of his contemporaries.
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His bearing retained from his boyhood the slight rocking of the head and upper part of the body, and shifting from foot to foot; his head was much thrown back, especially when playing; it was always easy to see whether he was pleased or otherwise when any new music was going on, by his nods and shakes of the head. In society his manners were even then felt to be distinguished. ”11 Devrient’s statement about Mendelssohn’s loss of shyness during his travels between 1829 and 1832 is corroborated by the Belgian journalist Franc¸ois-Joseph Fe´tis, who first met him in 1829; writing in 1838, Fe´tis recalled: “In 1834, I found him again at Aix la Chappelle, where he had gone for the Easter musical festival.
At about eight we breakfasted on coffee and bread and butter. ” We dined at one, and though he despised butter he always liked a glass of good wine, and we often had to try some special sort, which he would produce with great delight, and swallow with immense satisfaction. ”55 He seems often to have found it difficult to restrain himself when he felt people were treating music carelessly or insultingly. ”56 And on 20 January 1841 the Leipzig publisher Heinrich Brockhaus recorded Mendelssohn’s reaction to Ole Bull’s performance at the Leipzig Gewandhaus: “I sat next to Mendelssohn and it was interesting and characteristic that at every tasteless thing that Bull permitted himself, in order to shine, he became progressively more disturbed and agitated.
At all events, when I am once convinced that any one is sincere with me, and that I know him, I put down the fellow as firm and true, and life or what you will may tug and change, in my thoughts he still stands firm and true. What would you say to me if I were to implore you not to be carried away by the glitter of Spontini, but to remain true to good music? You would charge me with want of trust, nor would I think of making such an appeal. But life and art are not to be separated; and if you have no fears of my going over to Rossini or to John Bull, you must also have none that life is dragging me down.