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The Mendelssohn Family (1729–1847)

The Mendelssohn Family (1729–1847)
From Letters and Journals
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Music

  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108066297

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  • Sebastian Hensel (1830–98), nephew of the composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor Felix Mendelssohn (1809–47), originally intended this work to be 'not only of the family but for the family', drawing on their letters and diaries. Persuaded by friends to publish his narrative in 1879, Hensel in particular provides a first-hand insight into the lives of his uncle, lionized by the music-loving public of his day, and Felix's beloved sister Fanny (1805–47), herself a talented composer and pianist. Translated from the German revised second edition by Felix's close friend, diplomat Carl Klingemann (1798–1862), this 1881 two-volume collection made available for the first time in English a great deal of valuable source material. Volume 1 covers the period 1729–1835, beginning with the birth of Moses Mendelssohn. Volume 2 covers 1836–47, focusing on the final decade of Fanny and Felix's lives.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108066297
    • length: 752 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.96kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Advertisement
    Family tree
    1. Moses Mendelssohn
    2. Joseph and Nathan Mendelssohn
    3. The daughters of Moses Mendelssohn
    4. Abraham Mendelssohn Bartholdy
    5. Wilhelm Hensel
    6. The journey to Switzerland
    7. Leipziger Strasse no. 3
    8. Felix in England, 1829
    9. 1830–4
    10. Dirichlet
    11. The year 1835. Volume 2:
    1. 1836–9
    2. Italy
    3. Naples to Berlin
    4. 1841, at home again
    5. The years 1842 and 1843
    6. Letter from home and abroad
    7. Meeting in Italy
    8. Conclusion

  • Author

    Sebastian Hensel


    Carl Klingemann

    Introduction by

    George Grove

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