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The Cambridge Companion to Mendelssohn by Peter (University of Minnesota) Mercer-Taylor
  

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The Cambridge Companion to Mendelssohn by Peter (University of Minnesota) Mercer-Taylor

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.

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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

About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

21st October 2004

Author

Peter (University of Minnesota) Mercer-Taylor

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Hardback
332 pages

Categories

Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups

ISBN

9780521826037

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