Saturday, March 25, 2017
Lost for 150 years – and mistaken for her brother’s after that – some of Fanny Mendelssohn’s bold, complex music is belatedly receiving the attention it merits. Her great-great-great granddaughter tells the story It’s unusual to have five Twitter accounts. Especially if you’ve been dead for 170 years. But my great-great-great grandmother, Fanny Mendelssohn, was an unusual woman, and even today she inspires extraordinary passions. In her lifetime, despite a crooked back and thick spectacles, she was adored for her musicality and warmth, but feared for her fierce intellect (so unfeminine!) and general intolerance of amateurism.Fanny was three years older than her brother Felix, and, until he was 20 and she 23, they were inseparable. They learned composition together, showed each other their work before anybody else, and only trusted each other’s opinions. Continue reading...
The EUROPEAN CONDUCTING ACADEMY announces “The German Sound: Weber, Mendelssohn, Brahms” a Conducting Master Class with Maestro Lior Shambadal (Chief Conductor of the Berliner Symphoniker), Maestro Romolo Gessi (Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Veneta Orchestra), and the Philharmonia Veneta Orchestra. 2017 May 4 – 7. Optional introductory lessons: 2017 April 22 -23. The course will be […]
A copy of two arias and a recitative from the St Matthew Passion, written out by Felix Mendelssohn soon after his restorative 1829 performance, has come up for sale in a Zurich auction next week. They’re estimating $120,000-160,000.
Written in 1829, the manuscript of “Easter Sonata” was considered “lost” for more than 140 years, until the original turned up in a French book shop bearing the signature “F Mendelssohn.” The collector who bought it concluded the “F” stood for Felix. It didn't...
If you are looking for a concert in Berlin, Germany, here is a terrific event for you: Artists: ISABELLE FAUST, Violinist, and PABLO HERAS-CASADO conducting the FREIBURGER BAROCKORCHESTER Date/time: SATURDAY, MARCH 18 2017, 20:00 Venue: Philharmonie Berlin, Berlin – Kammermusiksaal Program: Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix Hebrides Overture op. 26 Violin concerto E minor, op. 64 Symphony No. 5 in D major, op. 107 “Reformation”
The 2016 BCO Summer Conducting Seminar focuses on building musicianship and technical control. Held on the campus of the Peabody Conservatory, the 11-day Summer Conducting Seminar offers 10 Fellows the opportunity to conduct the internationally acclaimed Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in orchestral works by Dvorak, Brahms and Mendelssohn, and – with members of BCO – smaller works by Stravinsky, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and […]
Felix Mendelssohn (3 February 1809 - 4 November 1847) was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Felix Mendelssohn was recognised early as a musical prodigy, but his parents were cautious and did not seek to capitalise on his abilities. Early success in Germany, where he also revived interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, was followed by travel throughout Europe. Mendelssohn was particularly well-received in Britain as a composer, conductor and soloist. His essentially conservative musical tastes however set him apart from many of his more adventurous musical contemporaries such as Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner and Hector Berlioz. The Leipzig Conservatoire which he founded, became a bastion of this anti-radical outlook. Mendelssohn's work includes symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music. His most-performed works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the Hebrides Overture, his Violin Concerto, and his String Octet. After a long period of relative denigration due to changing musical tastes and anti-Semitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his creative originality has now been recognised and re-evaluated. He is now among the most popular composers of the Romantic era.
Great composers of classical music