Monday, February 13, 2006

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Regarded by many as one of the best (second only to Mozart) child prodigies who have ever lived, Felix Mendelssohn began taking piano lessons and composing at a very young age. Phil G. Goulding, in his book "Classical Music", ranks Mendelssohn as the 11th greatest composer of all time. Generally, Mendelssohn's music is not extremely passionate, instead it is elegant, melodic, and to many people, flawless.

Here's what The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music says about Mendelssohn's Music:

"With its emphasis on clarity and adherence to classical ideals, Mendelssohn's music shows alike the influences of Bach (fugal technique), Handel (rhythms, harmonic progressions), Mozart (dramatic characterization, forms, textures) and Beethoven (instrumental technique), though from 1825 he developed a characteristic style of his own, often underpinned by a literary, artistic historical, geographical or emotional connection; indeed it was chiefly in his skilful use of extra-musical stimuli that he was a Romantic."

While he wrote a lot of great stuff, today I want to share my personal favorite, his 2nd String Quartet. So sit back, click on the link below and enjoy classical music at its greatest.

String Quartet No. 2

By the way, thanks to Sam and Seth for letting me Join this Blog.


At February 15, 2006, Anonymous daga said...

Thanks for this post and using rapidshare.

At February 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loving your work - just thought I'd say thank you!

At February 15, 2006, Blogger Sam said...

Love this quartet. Much darker than most of his other quartets, and some great fugues in there, too. Nice first post, Matty.

At May 24, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are the interprets of this quartet ?


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