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    Post Felix Mendelssohn

    Although Felix Mendelssohn was a close contemporary of Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner and Verdi (all six were born within five years of each other), his musical nature was more traditionally Classical than that of his contemporaries. Although he grew up surrounded by Romantic influences, his inspirations were essentially the works of Bach, Handel, and Mozart. Mendelssohn excelled as a composer in all musical genres except opera, and his gift for writing lyrical melodies was unsurpassed during the Nineteenth Century. His impeccable musical craftsmanship and his thorough knowledge and understanding of the media for which he wrote remain the distinguishing traits of his elegant, refined music. History has rewarded him with genuine and continuing popularity with symphony audiences and with students of the piano around the world. While Mendelssohn is remembered today primarily as a composer of a considerable body of masterful works, it should be noted that the bulk of his time was spent as an orchestra conductor and festival organizer. When viewed in this light, his creative accomplishments seem even more astonishing.

    http://www.carolinaclassical.com/mendelssohn/

    His Symphony No.5 (Reformation) and several other works are on this site available in ReaL MP.

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    Post Re: Felix Mendelssohn

    Felix Mendelssohn was also a jew, in fact.
    Some of his music is, I admit, very good, but the majority of it is what is typical of Jewish composers. Read Wagners the Jews in music.

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    Re: Felix Mendelssohn

    So music composed by Jews is indifferent and cold, and a Jew is not capable of making true art....? Artistic music is about expressing your feelings, it has to touch the listener, isn't it so? And if a musician has talent, a creative need to express his/her feelings, can't he/she make art? Vladimir Horowitz, for example, was a virtuoso and his interpretations of works by several different composers are wonderful. It's not only the content that matters in this type of music, but also how it's played. Have you heard any classical music being played by Asians? I've heard some enjoyable interpretations and creations by Chinese people. In the Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in 2005 a Chinese boy came in second. I was watching the semifinals, great talent. If I had to choose between, say, Mendelssohn and some WP-Oi oi-punkband, no matter how great pro-Aryan ideals the latter might have, I'd still listen to Mendelssohn. A pile of crap is still a pile of crap even if you tie a pretty ribbon around it.

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