Fabulous Felix Mendelssohn
was born in Hamburg in 1809 and died in Leipzig in 1847. He was
a German composer, conductor,
pianist and organist. His teachers included his mother (piano) and
Karl Zelter (harmony).
the time Mendelssohn attended Berlin University (1826-1829), he
was already an accomplished composer with such hits as the overture
to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Die Hachzeit des Camacho
(a comic opera) under his belt.
was a child prodigy, having written twelve string symphonies between
the ages of twelve and fourteen! He was also very generous in spirit
towards his colleagues. This fact also applied to deceased composers,
as Felix was a catalyst to the revival of J.S.
Bach’s music, with an 1829 performance of Bach’s
St. Matthew Passion.
Amazing Mendelssohn Fact
was very close with his sister Fanny, so much so that her death
in May 1847 contributed to his own demise within the same year.