The Resource Mendelssohn : a life in music, R. Larry Todd

Mendelssohn : a life in music, R. Larry Todd

Label
Mendelssohn : a life in music
Title
Mendelssohn
Title remainder
a life in music
Statement of responsibility
R. Larry Todd
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An extraordinary prodigy of Mozartean abilities, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was a distinguished composer and conductor, a legendary pianist and organist, and an accomplished painter and classicist. Lionized in his lifetime, he is best remembered today for several staples of the concert hall and for such popular music as "The Wedding March" and "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing."; Now, in the first major Mendelssohn biography to appear in decades, R. Larry Todd offers a remarkably fresh account of this musical giant, based upon painstaking research in autograph manuscripts, correspondence, diaries, and paintings. Rejecting the view of the composer as a craftsman of felicitous but sentimental, saccharine works (termed by one critic "moonlight with sugar water"), Todd reexamines the composer's entire oeuvre, including many unpublished and little known works. Here are; engaging analyses of Mendelssohn's distinctive masterpieces--the zestful Octet, puckish Midsummer Night's Dream, haunting Hebrides Overtures, and elegiac Violin Concerto in E minor. Todd describes how the composer excelled in understatement and nuance, in subtle, coloristic orchestrations that lent; his scores an undeniable freshness and vividness. He also explores Mendelssohn's changing awareness of his religious heritage, Wagner's virulent anti-Semitic attack on Mendelssohn's music, the composer's complex relationship with his sister Fanny Hensel, herself a child prodigy and prolific composer, his avocation as a painter and draughtsman, and his remarkable, polylingual correspondence with the cultural elite of his time.; Mendelssohn: A Life offers a masterful blend of biography and musical analysis. Readers will discover many new facets of the familiar but misunderstood composer and gain new perspectives on one of the most formidable musical geniuses of all time
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
  • 780/.92
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.M5
LC item number
T63 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Mendelssohn : a life in music, R. Larry Todd
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 629-652) and indexes
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In Nebel und Nacht: Hamburg to Berlin (1809-1819) -- Apprenticed prodigy (1820-1821) -- The second Mozart (1821-1822) -- From apprentice to journeyman (1823-1824) -- The prodigy's voice (1825-1826) -- In the public eye (1827-1829) -- Amateur gentleman (1829) -- Wanderlust (1830-1832) -- Dusseldorf beginnings (1832-1835) -- The apostle's voice (1835-1837) -- Musical Biedermeier (1837-1839) -- Leipzig vs Berlin (1840-1842) -- From Kapellmeister to Generalmusikdirektor (1841-1842) -- Portrait of a Prussian musician (1843-1844) -- The noon of fame: years of triumph (1844-1846) -- The prophet's voice: Elijah's chariot (1846-1847)
Control code
ocm57124999
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxix, 683 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195110432
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
unknown
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36536751
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)57124999
  • acaebk0195110439

Library Locations

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      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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