From the Library: Mendelssohn and his Mentors

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by Soliel Snook on Tuesday, 17 June, 2008

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, generally known as Felix Mendelssohn (February 3, 1809 – November 4, 1847) was a German composer, pianist and conductor of the early Romantic period. (Wikipedia)

Today in From the Library we will explore some of Mendelssohn’s more well known works including the Overture A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1826), and the Hebridean works written after Mendelssohn visited Scotland and Fingal’s Cave off the Isle of Iona in the Inner Hebrides. These show an intuitive grasp of form, harmony, colour and the compositional technique of Beethoven, which justify claims frequently made that Mendelssohn’s precocity exceeded even that of Mozart in its intellectual grasp.

We will also be hearing from a contemporary and friend of Mendelssohn, Franz Schubert, as well as those who influenced Mendelssohn: Beethoven, Mozart and Bach.

Our schedule will be approximately as follows (all times SLT/PDT):

  • 9:00am A mixture of Mendelssohn including the lovely and haunting Fingal’s Cave from his Scotland Overture. This will be followed at:
  • 10:00am Full cast recording of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare. One of the most enduringly popular of Shakespeares plays, and it is not difficult to see why: the work blends several kinds of comedy with a powerful atmosphere of magic and mystery and a satisfying set of contrasts between city and country, reason and imagination, love and infatuation. Performed by Warren Mitchell, Michael Maloney, Sarah Woodward and a full cast.
  • 12:30pm Mendelssohn’s Overture, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The programme above will repeat again at 7:00pm SLT: in between there will be a selection of works by Schubert, Debussy, Beethoven, Bach and Mozart for your listening enjoyment.

From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life, to inform, educate and entertain. Today’s programme is presented by Soliel Snook. You can listen to the programme now at .


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