From the Library: Mendelssohn and his Mentors

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 http://music.radioriel.org .

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