If the invective of Nietzsche and Shaw is to be taken as an endorsement of the lasting quality of an artist, then Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy takes pride of place beside Tennyson and Brahms in the canon of great nineteenth-century artists. Mendelssohn Perspectives presents valuable new insights into Mendelssohn’s music, biography and reception. Critically engaging a wide range of source materials, the volume combines traditional musical-analytical studies with those that draw on other humanistic disciplines to shed new light on the composer’s life, and on his contemporary and posthumous reputations. Together, these essays bring new historical and interpretive dimensions to Mendelssohn studies. The volume offers essays on Mendelssohn's Jewishness, his vast correspondence, his music for the stage, and his relationship with music of the past and future, as well as the compositional process and handling of form in the music of both Mendelssohn and his sister, the composer Fanny Hensel. German literature and aesthetics, gender and race, philosophy and science, and issues of historicism all come to bear on these new perspectives on Mendelssohn.

chapter |6 pages


ByNicole Grimes, Angela R. Mace

part II|80 pages

Between Tradition and Innovation

chapter 5|29 pages

Norm and Deformation in Mendelssohn's Sonata Forms

ByPaul Wingfield, Julian Horton

chapter 6|32 pages

Mendelssohn and Berlioz: Selective Affinities

ByJohn Michael Cooper

part III|34 pages

Mendelssohn and the Stage

part IV|72 pages

Style and Compositional Process

part V|64 pages

Contemporary Views and Posthumous Perspectives

chapter 14|20 pages

Mendelssohn as Portrayed in the Goethe–Zelter Correspondence

ByLorraine Byrne Bodley

chapter 15|14 pages

Business is War: Mendelssohn and His Italian Publishers

ByPietro Zappalà

chapter 16|14 pages

Beyond the Salon: Mendelssohn's French Audience

ByCécile Reynaud