Far from the troubled, coarse libertine that has become an archetype of the Romantic composer, Felix Mendelssohn was something of an anomaly among his contemporaries. His own situation -- one largely of domestic tranquility and unhindered career fulfillment -- stands in stark contrast to the personal Sturm und Drang familiar to his peers. Mendelssohn was the only musical prodigy of the 19th century whose stature could rival that of Mozart. Still, his parents resisted any entrepreneurial impulses and spared young Felix the strange, grueling lifestyle that was the lot of many child prodigies. He and his sister Fanny were given piano lessons, and he also studied violin, and both joined the Berlin Singakademie. Carl Friedrich Zelter, director of the Singakademie, became Mendelssohn's first composition instructor. Even in his youth, ...
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Song Without Words for piano No. 12 in F sharp minor ("Venetianisches Gondellied"), Op. 30/6 1830 03:12 Keyboard
Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70 1846 01:58:06 Choral
The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor ("Fingal's Cave"), Op. 26 1830 09:56 Orchestral
A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61, MWV M13 1843 30:18 Orchestral
Song Without Words for piano No. 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6 1842 02:37 Keyboard
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 1831 19:41 Concerto
Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20 1825 31:38 Chamber Music
Variations sérieuses, for piano in D minor, Op. 54 1841 11:44 Keyboard
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 1844 26:45 Concerto
Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90 1833 27:49 Symphony
Song Without Words for piano No. 34 in C major ("Spinnerlied"), Op. 67/4 1845 01:59 Keyboard
Song Without Words for piano No. 6 in G minor ("Venetianisches Gondellied"), Op. 19b/6 1830 02:40 Keyboard
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival) 1840 03:06 Miscellaneous (Classical)
Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish"), Op. 56 1842 37:27 Symphony
Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra No. 8 in D major, MWV N8 1822 29:12 Symphony
Sinfonia (String Symphony) for string orchestra No. 10 in B minor, MWV N10 1823 10:24 Symphony Orchestral
Paulus (Saint Paul), oratorio, Op. 36 1836 02:02:03 Choral
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11 1824 30:12 Symphony
Symphony No. 5 in D major/D minor ("Reformation"), Op. 107 1830 28:05 Symphony
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 1839 28:18 Chamber Music
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