Happy Birthday to Felix Mendelssohn
Saturday, February 3, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | birthday
Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn lived between 1809 and 1847. He is considered to be a romantic composer and pianist best known for his symphonies and concert overtures. Mendelssohn played the piano in public by the age of nine, so he was often compared to Mozart.
He composed works for solo instruments and orchestra, and German songs. Some of his better-known works are the Wedding March, Elijah and Fingal’s Cave. Felix Mendelssohn, along with Hector Berlioz was one of the first conductors of a large orchestra.
Mendelssohn harmonized the works of other composers, including Johann Crüger. Listen to Mendelssohn's harmonization of Now Thank We All our God:
One of my favorites, Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in g minor, op. 25:
Read more about Mendelssohn in the Baroque section
Listen to Mendelssohn's music.
Read information about Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
First performance date of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as the Wedding March
Read information about a Mendelssohn family Stradivari violin.