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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Russell Stinson

in The Reception of Bach's Organ Works from Mendelssohn to Brahms

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195171099
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865239 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171099.003.0002
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

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This chapter begins by discussing Mendelssohn's early years in Berlin and how Bach influenced his musical compositions. It also tells of his great trip when he visited Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, and England, and how his reputation spread across Europe. It discusses that in composing his approximately thirty organ works, he routinely took Bach's organ music as his model. It presents evidence that he performed Bach's organ compositions his whole life, both as an organist and as a pianist. It adds that Mendelssohn edited Bach's organ works for publication, most of which had never before appeared in print. It demonstrates that Mendelssohn promoted Bach's organ music as a performer, scholar, and ambassador-at-large. It shows that Mendelssohn aided in bringing this historical repertory into the mainstream of musical life in the early 19th century. This chapter demonstrates that even in Mendelssohn's latter years, he still continued to champion Bach's organ works.

Keywords: Mendelssohn; Berlin; reputation; thirty organ works; Leipzig

Chapter.  27727 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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