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The Mendelssohn Companion


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The Mendelssohn Companion represents a collection of advanced scholarly research in Mendelssohn studies that examines the composer's life and music. In recent decades, studies of his music manuscripts have discovered much previously overlooked work, and a reconsideration of his biography has permitted a more realistic portrayal of Mendelssohn. The first three chapters of this volume place the composer in his intellectual context and discuss his family and social circle and his professional activities. Later chapters examine the major areas of his compositional work, providing new analytical observations, contextual perspectives, and interpretations. Historical views and documents are included with each chapter and are all newly translated.

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This volume offers overviews of both Felix Mendelssohn's life and his music. The first three chapters help to place the composer in his intellectual context, discuss his family and social circle, and examine his professional activities. Later chapters take up the major areas of his compositional work, providing new analytical observations, contextual perspectives, and interpretations. Also contains newly translated historical views and documents, as well as an updated list of his works which identifies the autograph manuscripts and the most important published editions. Edited by Douglass Seaton, music history and musicology at Florida State University.
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Examines the composer's life and music and includes historical views and documents.

About the Author

DOUGLASS SEATON is Professor of Music History and Musicology at The Florida State University.

Table of Contents

Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Emancipation: The Origins of Felix Mendelssohn's Aesthetic Outlook by Leon Botstein

"For Art Has the Same Place in Your Heart as Mine": Family, Friendship, and Community in the Life of Felix Mendelssohn by Marian Wilson

Mendelssohn as Performer and Teacher by Donald Mintz

Mendelssohn's Dramatic Music by Douglass Seaton

On Felix Mendelssohn's Bartholdy's Sacred Music by George Feder

Art-History-Religion: On Mendelssohn's Oratorios St. Paul and Elijah by Friedhelm Krummacher

The Orchestral Music by Thomas Grey

On Mendelssohn's Compositional Style: Propositions Based on the Example of the String Quartets by Friedhelm Krummacher

Piano Music by R. Larry Todd

The Organ Music by Robert Mann

With Words: Mendelssohn's Vocal Songs by Douglass Seaton

Mendelssohn's Works: Prolegomenon to a Comprehensive Inventory by John Michael Cooper

Product Details

Seaton, Douglass
Seaton, Douglass
Seaton, Douglass
Westport, Conn.
History & Criticism *
Composers & Musicians - Classical Composers
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
History & Criticism - General
Genres & Styles - Classical
Biography-Composers and Musicians
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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9.48x6.32x1.66 in. 2.85 lbs.

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