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Rethinking Mendelssohn

Benedict Taylor


Rethinking Mendelssohn offers a new perspective on Felix Mendelssohn’s music and aesthetics, arguing for a fresh understanding of the composer, his music, and its central relationship to nineteenth-century culture. Building on the renaissance in Mendelssohn scholarship of the last two decades, the present book sets a new tone for research on Mendelssohn. It challenges the traditional modes of discourse about this composer in moving beyond rehabilitation and source studies to engage in rigorous criticism and analysis, seeking to rethink the issues that shaped Mendelssohn, his music, and its rec ... More

Keywords: Felix Mendelssohn, Romantic form, historicism, religion, interpretation, lied

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190611781
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190611781.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benedict Taylor, editor
Chancellor's Fellow, The University of Edinburgh

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I Interpreting the Orchestral Music

1 Deformed Beauty?

Thomas Grey

3 ‘Inner Necessity’

John Michael Cooper

II Historical and Aesthetic Contexts

6 Sibling Love and the Daemonic

Angela Mace Christian

7 Mendelssohn and Droysen

Celia Applegate

III Analysing Mendelssohn

11 Form through Sound

Thomas Schmidt

IV Art, Ethics, and Religion

V Mendelssohn and the Lied

17 Changes of Pace

Harald Krebs

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