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Felix Mendelssohn

Violin concerto, op.64

Felix Mendelssohn

February 3, 1809, Hamburg – November 4, 1847, Leipzig

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was a German composer, pianist, musical conductor, and teacher, one of the most-celebrated figures of the early Romantic period. In his music Mendelssohn largely observed Classical models and practices while initiating key aspects of Romanticism – the artistic movement that exalted feeling and the imagination above rigid forms and traditions. Among his most famous works are Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1826), Italian Symphony (1833), a violin concerto (1844), two piano concerti (1831, 1837), the oratorio Elijah (1846), and several pieces of chamber music.

Mendelssohn was an extremely precocious musical composer. He wrote numerous compositions during his boyhood, among them 5 operas, 11 symphonies for string orchestra, concerti, sonatas, and fugues and made his first public appearance in 1818, at age nine, in Berlin.

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