Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer, conductor, organist and pianist. One of the most popular composers of the Romantic period. He was also largely responsible for arousing interest in the music of J.S.Bach.
Born: Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
3 February 1809, Hamburg
Grandfather: Moses Mendelssohn, well known rabbi and Jewish philosopher.
Father: Abraham Mendelssohn, wealthy banker
Mother: Leah Salomon
Siblings: Fanny, Rebecka and Paul
Wife: Cécile Jeanrenaud, daughter of a protestant clergyman
Children: Carl, Marie, Paul, Felix and Lilli.
- 11 Symphonies
- 5 operas
- 1 Violin cocerto
- 2 piano concertos
- choral music and songs
- piano music including 48 'Songs without Words'
- "Ever since I began to compose, I have remained true to my starting principle: not to write a page because no matter what public, or what pretty girl wanted it to be thus or thus; but to write solely as I myself thought best, and as it gave me pleasure."
- "People often complain that music is too ambiguous, that what they should think when they hear it is so unclear, whereas everyone understands words. With me, it is exactly the opposite, and not only with regard to an entire speech but also with individual words."
- "Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God."
- "Life and art are not two different things...."
Moods of the Sea is a non-narrative visual(1941) film by Slavko Vorkapich and John Hoffman (1904-1980), set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn known as the Hebrides (or Fingal's Cave) Overture. This 10-minute-long film has become well known as an early example of American avant-garde and independent film.
I love the match of the film to the music. It really does capture the Moods of the Sea.
The Mendelssohn Project
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