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Gentle Genius: The Story of Felix Mendelssohn

by George Richard Marek

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4211 Gentle Genius The Story of Felix Mendelssohn, by George R. Marek (read 19 Sep 2006) I think this is the first biography of a musician I have ever read, and I am not sure what led me to read it, though I did enjoy the author's book entitled The Eagles Die: Franz Joseph, Elisabeth, and Their Austria, which I read 28 Sep 2004. Mendelssohn was born Feb 3, 1809 at Hamburg and died Nov 4, 1847 at Leipzig, age 38. The book also includes an interesting account of Felix's grandfather, Moses Mendelssohn, prominent Jewish philosopher. Felix's father had Felix and his sister baptized as Lutherans (but Hitler still destroyed the statue of Mendelssohn in Leipzig). Felix was a prodigy, making his first public appearance at age 9. He was a favorite of Queen Victoria, and visited England 10 times. This is a well-written book and I found it good reading, even though the life was not overly dramatic. ( )
  Schmerguls | Oct 24, 2007 |
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