jerseyray (jerseyray) wrote,

Felix's Day

Today marks the 200th aniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelsohn.  I think I have under-appreciated him through the years, in favor of some other composers who lived around the same time.  And, he is not as popular as he used to be, as columnist Norman Lebrecht has written.

Looking back on his body of work today, I can appreciate his music for its inventiveness, melody, and clean lines.  His string Octet is a really amazing piece, and seems as fresh today as it must have sounded when it was first played - when the composer was 16.  Check out the
score, in print and in the composer's own hand, courtesy the IMSLP.

Here is a nice performance, courtesy of Youtube, of his
Hebredes Overture.
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