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The Cambridge Companion to Mendelssohn

The Cambridge Companion to Mendelssohn


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Peter Mercer-Taylor, Michael P. Steinberg, Marian Wilson-Kimber, James Garratt, Greg Vitercik, Douglass Seaton, Steve Lindeman, Thomas Schmidt-Beste, Glenn Stanley, R. Larry Todd, Susan Youens, Monika Hennemann, John Michael Cooper, Leon Botstein
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  • Date Published: October 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521533423

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  • The Companion to Mendelssohn, is written by leading scholars in the field. In fourteen chapters they explore the life, work, and reception of a composer-performer once thought uniquely untroubled in life and art alike, but who is now broadly understood as one of the nineteenth century's most deeply problematic musical figures. The first section of the volume considers issues of biography, with chapters dedicated to Mendelssohn's role in the emergence of Europe's modern musical institutions, to the persistent tensions of his German-Jewish identity, and to his close but enigmatic relationship with his gifted older sister, Fanny. The following nine essays survey Mendelssohn's expansive and multi-faceted musical output, marked as it was by successes in almost every contemporary musical genre outside of opera. The volume's two closing essays confront, in turn, the turbulent course of Mendelssohn's posthumous reception and some of the challenges his music continues to pose for modern performers.

    • Essays by leading scholars in the field of Mendelssohn studies
    • Though thoroughly scholarly, the volume also provides sufficient background information to be of use to those relatively unfamiliar with Mendelssohn and his work
    • Includes essays focusing on some of the most pressing issues confronting Mendelssohn scholarship
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    'This is the book that I would recommend to anyone who is keen to look more closely at any of the musical or contextual issues that are sure to be raised by the forthcoming festival.' Classical Music

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    • Date Published: October 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521533423
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 173 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 41 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Mendelssohn as border-dweller Peter Mercer-Taylor
    Part I. Issues in Biography:
    1. Mendelssohn and the institution(s) of German art music Peter Mercer-Taylor
    2. Mendelssohn and Judaism Michael P. Steinberg
    3. Felix and Fanny: gender, biography, and history Marian Wilson-Kimber
    Part II. Situating the Compositions:
    4. Mendelssohn and the rise of musical historicism James Garratt
    5. Mendelssohn as progressive Greg Vitercik
    Part III. Profiles of the Music:
    6. Symphony and Overture Douglass Seaton
    7. The works for solo instrument(s) and orchestra Steve Lindeman
    8. Mendelssohn's chamber music Thomas Schmidt-Beste
    9. The music for keyboard Glenn Stanley
    10. On Mendelssohn's sacred music, real and imaginary R. Larry Todd
    11. Mendelssohn's songs Susan Youens
    12. Felix Mendelssohn's dramatic compositions: from Liederspiel to Lorelei Monika Hennemann
    Part IV. Reception and Performance:
    13. Mendelssohn received John Michael Cooper
    14. Wagner as Mendelssohn: reversing habits and reclaiming meaning in the performance of Mendelssohn's music for orchestra and chorus Leon Botstein.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Poetics of Dissidence in German Romanticism
  • Editor

    Peter Mercer-Taylor, University of Minnesota
    Peter Mercer-Taylor is Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Minnesota School of Music. He is the author of The Life of Mendelssohn (Cambridge, 2000) and has published in a number of journals including The Journal of Musicology and Popular Music and Society.


    Peter Mercer-Taylor, Michael P. Steinberg, Marian Wilson-Kimber, James Garratt, Greg Vitercik, Douglass Seaton, Steve Lindeman, Thomas Schmidt-Beste, Glenn Stanley, R. Larry Todd, Susan Youens, Monika Hennemann, John Michael Cooper, Leon Botstein

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