Felix Mendelssohn

Born 1809 - Died 1847
Composer and Pianist

Felix Mendelssohn was born Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to a prominent Jewish family in Hamburg.  His father was a banker and his grandfather was the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn.

He was recognised early as a musical prodigy and enjoyed early success in Germany where he also revived the music of Johan Sebastian Bach. He was particularly well received in Britain as a composer, conductor and soloist.

His best known works include his overture and incidental music for
'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'

Mendelssohn met Goethe on several occasions and set a number of his poems to music. He first visited Britain in 1829 and subsequently met Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who both greatly admired his music. He married Cecile Jeanrenaud in 1837 and they had 5 children. He died in 1847.


Posted from Paving the Way Newsletter Blue Plaques - November 2016

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