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Mendelssohn and The German Organ Community, ca. 1820–1847

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/9780195394382.003.0010
Mendelssohn and The German Organ Community, ca. 1820–1847

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This chapter focuses on how Mendelssohn's relationship with the Berlin organ community mirrors to a considerable extent his relationship with the larger Berlin musical community. His immense talent, impressive achievements, and international reputation were all universally recognized, but in Berlin's small organ society, as in its larger musical world, he was generally treated correctly but coolly. Widely respected but not warmly embraced, many of Mendelssohn's greatest annoyances and disappointments befell him in Berlin, and it is hardly surprising that his feelings about the city were ambivalent at best.

Keywords: Mendelssohn; organists; organ music; Berlin

Chapter.  5927 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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