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Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)

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Biography
Mendelssohn, Felix

Although he was born nearly 40 years after Beethoven, Mendelssohn's music also spans the transition from classical to romantic. He had great ability to create romantic mood, though his music is rarely sentimental and always tempered by awareness of the classical tradition that preceded him. Mendelssohn's music was immensely popular in Victorian England; his Italian and Scottish symphonies, the Violin Concerto and the incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream are still among the most frequently played. Lovers of chamber music rank his work highly, with his best works on a par with those of Haydn and Beethoven.

Like Mozart, Mendelssohn was a child prodigy: he played his first public concert at nine years old. His string Octet, written at age 16, is a work of extraordinary maturity. Unlike Mozart, he was born into a wealthy family, and given the best education that could be found. The most notable event of his early years was his family's conversion to Christianity (in which his name changed to Mendelssohn Bartholdy, which often appears today on recordings and concert listings). He seems to have been a charming man unspoilt by the family wealth: he worked prodigiously hard, and his scores show meticulous attention to detail.

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List of works
...or does it mean death?, Eight songs for Soprano and String Quartet (arr. by Reimann)3 Motets, Op.69: Nunc dimittis6 Lieder im Freien zu singen, Op.486 Motets: Weihnachten, Op.79 no.1A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61 (Incidental Music)A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: IntermezzoA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: NocturneA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: OvertureA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: ScherzoA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: Wedding MarchA Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61: excerptsA Midsummer Night's Dream: overture, Op.21Allegro Brillant, Op.92Andante and Variations in B flat major for piano four-hands, Op.83aAndante in D major for organAndante in E major for string quartet, Op.81 no.1Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op.34 no.2Bei der Wiege, Op.47 no.6Capriccio in E minor for string quartet, Op.81 no.3Cello Sonata no. 1 in B flat major, Op.45Cello Sonata no. 2 in D Major, Op 58Choral partita "Wie groß ist des Allmächt'gen Güte"Choral prelude for organ "Nimm von uns, Herr"Christus (unfinished), Op.97Christus: When Jesus our LordChristus: Where is the newborn King?Clarinet Sonata in E flat majorClarinet Sonata in E flat major: AndanteConcert piece no. 1 in F minor, for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra, Op.113Concert piece no. 2 in D minor, for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra , Op.114Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minorConcerto for two pianos and orchestra in A flat majorDie erste Walpurgisnacht, Op.60 (The First Walpurgis Night)Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minorElijahElijah, Op.70: Lord God of AbrahamFantasies, Op.16Fugue in E flat major, Op.81 no.4Hebrides Overture "Fingal's Cave", Op.26Hör mein BittenInfelice, Op.94Laudate pueri Dominum, Op.39 no.2, MWV B30Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Op.62Lieder ohne Worte (songs without words) for pianoLieder: selectionMinneliedNachtlied, Op.71 no.6Neue Liebe: In dem Mondenschein im Walde, Op.19a no.4Organ sonata no.6 in D minor, Op.65Overture in C major for wind instruments, Op.24Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.27Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op.25Piano Concerto no. 2 in D minor, Op.40Piano Quartet no. 1 in C minor, Op.1Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op.49Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Op.37 no.3Psalm 2: Warum toben die Heiden, Op.78 no.1Scherzo in A minor for string quartet, Op.81 no.2Scotch SymphonySong without words in A major "Duetto", Op.38 no.6Song without words in A major, Op.19b no.4Song without words in A minor, Op.19b no.2Song without words in B flat major, Op.67 no.3Song without words in B minor, Op.67 no.5Song without words in D major, Op.109Song without words in E major, Op.19b no.1Song without words in F sharp minor, Op.67 no.2Songs Without Words: selectionSongs without Words, Op.67St Paul, Op.36St Paul, Op.36: OvertureString Octet in E flat major, Op.20String Quartet no. 1 in E flat major, Op.12String Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Op.13String Quartet no. 4 in E minor, Op.44 no. 2String Quartet no. 5 in E flat major, Op.44 no. 3String Quartet no. 6 in F minor, Op.80String Quintet in A major, Op.18String Quintet no. 2 in B flat major, Op.87String Symphony no. 1 in C majorString Symphony no. 10 in B minorString Symphony no. 13 in C minor "Sinfoniesatz"Suleika, Op.34 no.4Symphony no. 1 in C minor, Op.11Symphony no. 2 in B flat major, "Lobgesang" (Hymn of Praise), Op.52Symphony no. 3 in A minor, "Scottish", Op.56Symphony no. 4 in A major "Italian", Op.90Symphony no. 5 in D major, "Reformation", Op.107The DreamThe Fair Melusina, overture in F major, Op.32Three Motets for female chorus, Op.39Three pieces for clarinet, cello and piano (arr. Ernst Naumann)Variations Concertantes in D major, Op.17Variations Sérieuses in D Minor, Op.54Venetian Boat Songs (Venezianisches Gondellied)Verleih uns FriedenViolin Concerto in E minor, Op.64Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64: AllegroViolin Sonata in F majorVon Himmel hoch, choral cantataWasserfahrt, Op.50 no.4Weihnachtslied