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Mendelssohn As Organ Improviser

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/9780195394382.003.0005
Mendelssohn As Organ Improviser

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This chapter focuses on Mendelssohn's skills in improvising organ music. While improvisation of “serious” music was largely relegated to the “artistic limbo [of ] the organ loft” in the 20th century, it was still considered a requisite for any aspiring pianist or organist throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries. Certainly this aim was also true for Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn developed his extraordinary skills in improvisation at a very early age. Mendelssohn's improvisatory style made also itself felt in his written organ works.

Keywords: Mendelssohn; organists; organ music; organ technique; improvisation

Chapter.  6045 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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