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Mendelssohn and the Organ
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Mendelssohn and the Organ

Wm. A. Little


Although Mendelssohn was most famous during his lifetime as a composer, virtuoso pianist, and conductor, he also enjoyed an enviable reputation as a highly skilled organist. The instrument had fascinated — one might almost say mesmerized — him from earliest youth, but aside from a year or so of formal training at the age of about 12 or 13, he was entirely self-taught. He never held a position as church organist, and never had any organ pupils. Nevertheless, the instrument played a uniquely important role in his personal life. In the course of his many travels, whether in major cities or tiny v ... More

Keywords: Mendelssohn, Birmingham Music Festival, composer, pianist, conductor, organist, Bach, Thomas-Kirche, Schiller, Wilhelm Tell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195394382
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wm. A. Little, author
University of Virginia

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Part I History and Biography

Part II Mendelssohn's Organ Works In Chronological Order