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Felix Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn was a German organist, pianist and music composer of the early romantic era. Born in 1847 to a prominent Jewish household, Felix spent most of his childhood with his grandfather Moses Mendelssohn who was a philosopher. His musical talent was discovered during a performance at his local Lutheran church. However, his parents were not keen assisting him to develop his talent until his early teenage.
His local Lutheran church was very instrumental with his early practice and exploration of his musical career. At a tender age of nine years, Mendelssohn had already made his first public appearance in a music concert held at Zurich music chambers. During his teenage, Mendelssohn was already a high-ranking musical composer although most of his works never reached the public domain. He received various invites to attend different concerts in Berlin and Zurich from where he got a chance to practice his work. At the age of fifteen, Mendelssohn was a full-grown musician and he had already written his first symphony. His musical genius was later exhibited when he wrote his first string octet using E-flat. Like other romantic era musicians, his music sought to tell the deep feelings and secrets of humanity. However, Mendelssohn maintained the conservative tone of classical music throughout his work. The conservative nature of his work is what separated his from the adventurous artists of romantic era such as Hector Berlioz, Franz Liszt and Richard Wanger.
His work included symphonies, piano music, chamber music and oratorios. His most celebrated symphony is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Felix composed the symphony following Shakespeare’s request. The song featured in the Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Hebrides is his second most celebrated work of art. Felix first performed this song to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1829 at their palace. Felix Mendelssohn lived and talked music up to his death in 1847.
Source: http://www. notablebiographies. com/Ma-Mo/Mendelssohn-Felix. html
His two symphonies can be listened from:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Hebrides
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