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Mendelssohn: The Mature Years, 1839–1847

Wm. A. Little

in Mendelssohn and the Organ

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394382
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863556 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394382.003.0003
Mendelssohn: The Mature Years, 1839–1847

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This chapter details the life of Mendelssohn from 1839-47. It includes a description of his public organ recital in Leipzig, which he regarded as a critical moment in his career. Although he earned an enviable reputation as a skilled organist in Britain, Germany was das Organistenland supreme, and could boast a whole array of superlative players. Johann Schneider (1789-1864), Adolf Friedrich Hesse (1809-63), Carl Ludwig Haupt (1810-91), August Gottfried Ritter (1811-85) — simply to name a few of Mendelssohn's exact or close contemporaries — were all household names in the German musical community. And now Mendelssohn was about to make his bid to join that elite circle of German organ virtuosos.

Keywords: Mendelssohn; organists; organ music

Chapter.  12513 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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