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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: November 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521533423

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  • Authored by leading scholars in the field, this collection of fourteen essays surveys the life, work, and posthumous reception of the nineteenth-century German-Jewish composer. Sections cover aspects of biography as well as Felix Mendelssohn's expansive and multi-faceted musical output. Two closing essays confront the turbulent course of his posthumous reception and 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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    • Date Published: November 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.

    Contributors

    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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