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The Price of Assimilation – Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition

Jeffrey S. Sposato


This book examines the relationship of composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809–47) to his Jewish heritage. Most scholars since World War Two have assumed that Mendelssohn, who was born Jewish but was converted to Protestantism at age seven, maintained a strong attachment to Judaism throughout his lifetime. Through a close examination of the libretto drafts of Mendelssohn's oratorios Paulus, Elias, and Christus; his libretto for Adolf Bernhard Marx's oratorio Mose; and his edition of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion, this book provides new answers to the so-called “Mendelssohn Jewish questi ... More

Keywords: Johann Sebastian Bach, Adolf Bernhard Marx, Judaism, Oratorio, Paulus, Elias, Christus, Mose, St. Matthew Passion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195149746
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149746.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey S. Sposato, author
University of Houston

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