Mendelssohn's "View at Lucerne" painting
Thursday, April 7, 2016
F is for Felix Mendelssohn
I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and my theme this year is classical music. Check out the list of other participants by clicking here! F is for Felix Mendelssohn, a German composer who lived from 1809 to 1847. Today's featured video is the 4th movement of his Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, which is commonly known as the Italian Symphony. It is performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Stefan Sanderling.
Video link: https://youtu.be/8nRfZqPWMfw
· Felix Mendelssohn was a child prodigy. He had four operas and 12 string symphonies, among other works, by the age of 12! Beethoven wrote of Felix in one of his conversation books: “Mendelssohn – 12 years old – promises much.”
· Mendelssohn was not only proficient in music, he also did well in painting, poetry, athletics, and linguistics.
· He met Queen Victoria in 1824, and dedicated his “Scottish” Symphony to her.
· Mendelssohn married Cécile Charlotte Sophie Jeanrenaud in 1837 and they had five children together.
· The Wedding March that many brides march to down the aisle came from his suite of incidental music for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Christmas hymn, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is based on a tune adapted from his cantata Festgesang.
· Mendelssohn was also a fantastic conductor, he was one of the first to use a baton to keep time.
For this challenge, I’m keeping a playlist of the videos I’m using plus some extras for anyone who wants to hear more. I will update with the latest letter each day. For today’s bonus video, I’m using a different composer whose first name starts with F! Composing music is not an exclusively male occupation, Felix’s older sister, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel had a selection of piano pieces of her own. I added her very lovely Notturno in G Minor played by Heather Schmidt.
Mendelssohn was multi-talented! Are there multiple fields that you like to engage in?
Trivia for today: What did Felix Mendelssohn's grandfather Moses Mendelssohn do?