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Felix Mendelssohn

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Felix Mendelssohn Childhood Born: February 3, 1809 in Hamburg
Grandfather: Moses Mandelssohn-A Jewish Philosopher
Father: Abraham Mandelssohn-A Successful Banker
Mother: Lea Solomon-Educated Woman and Amature Musician
Siblings: Fanny, Paul, and Rebecca
Raised in Berlin
Felix was the 2nd oldest.
Parents wanted best education possible for children, so Mendelssohn had various private tutors for general studies and music.
Studied: Languages, Literature, Philosophy.
Spoke fluent German, French, and English.
Took first piano lessons with Fanny from the mother.
All children studied pianoforte with Ludwig Berger. Early Works Fanny and Felix studied composition and counter point with Carl Friedrich Zelter
Both children showed extraordinary musical talent.
Reguarded as a child prodigy.
Inspired by works of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart.
At age 9 he gave his first public perfomace in Berlin.
First performances were done at home with private orchestras for the associates of wealthy parents.
Ages 12-14 Mendelssohn has wrote 11 String Symphonies,
Age 15 wrote his first symphony for a full orchestra (Op. 11 in C minor)
Age 16 composed an Octet for strings. (Op.20 in E flat)
Age 17 wrote Overture to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
1826-1829 Mendelssohn attended the University of Berlin.
1829 conducted a performance in Berlin of Bach's "St. Mathews Passion" Travels From 1829-1835 Mendelssohn performed throughout Europe.
Traveled to discover the natural beauty of Europe and to meet some of the greatest artist of the day such Goethe, Berlioz, Liszt, Delacroix and Chopin.
1830-32 Traveled Germany, Australia, Italy and Switzerland.
During this time composed Italian Symphony and performed Symphony No. 3 for Queen Victoria.
1832 Performed Hebrides Overture in London
1833 took position as director of Dusseldorf Orchestra in London where directed Lower Rhenish Music Festival.
1835 became conductor of Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig and worked here until the end of his life.


Best Known Works Later Life Suffered from bad health in his final years.
Death of sister Fanny Mar.14 1847 caused him great distress.
Six months later died from a stroke Nov. 4 1847 at age 38.
Was Considered the Greatest Composer of his time. Married Cécile Charlotte Sophie Jeanrenaud March 28, 1837.
Had five children: Carl, Marie, Paul, Lilli and Felix
Cecile died Six months after the death her husband Symphonies
Symphony No. 3 (Scottish Symphony)
Symphony No. 4(Italian Symphony)
Overtures
Overture to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Hibrides Overture
Oratorios
Elijah
St. Paul
Wedding March
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