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By Nicole Grimes, Angela R. Mace

If the invective of Nietzsche and Shaw is to be taken as an endorsement of the lasting caliber of an artist, then Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy takes delight of position beside Tennyson and Brahms within the canon of significant nineteenth-century artists. Mendelssohn views provides helpful new insights into Mendelssohn’s tune, biography and reception. severely attractive quite a lot of resource fabrics, the amount combines conventional musical-analytical stories with those who draw on different humanistic disciplines to shed new gentle at the composer’s existence, and on his modern and posthumous reputations. jointly, those essays convey new ancient and interpretive dimensions to Mendelssohn stories. the quantity bargains essays on Mendelssohn's Jewishness, his tremendous correspondence, his tune for the degree, and his courting with song of the previous and destiny, in addition to the compositional method and dealing with of shape within the tune of either Mendelssohn and his sister, the composer Fanny Hensel. German literature and aesthetics, gender and race, philosophy and technology, and problems with historicism all come to undergo on those new views on Mendelssohn.

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