Synopses & Reviews
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.
The Mendelssohn Companion represents a milestone in Mendelssohn scholarship. The quality and breadth of these studies lay the foundation for a new phase of Mendelssohn scholarship. The correction of false assumptions about music of the early nineteenth century and misrepresentations of Mendelssohn's life and music, as well as the establishment of a historically accurate context, frees today's Mendelssohn scholar to focus more exclusively on the actual life and music of the composer.Notes
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