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Felix Mendelssohn was born in Germany in 1809. This composer belonged to the Romantic period, and died in 1847. Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn was a German romantic composer, one of the leaders of the early romantic movement, along with Schumann and Chopin. He was also responsible for the revival of the music of J.S.Bach in the 19th century.

As a composer, his music is very polished and charming, but sometimes lacking depth.  His overtures Fingal's Cave and the Hebrides are all-time concert favourites.  His incidental music for Midsummer Night's Dream, partly written while he was very young, and then completed much later in life, has fabulous orchestration, but with a very light touch, giving it a magical quality.

His violin concerto is one of the top 5 violin concertos in the world, a real favourite of concert audiences, especially noted for the wonderful lyrical quality of its slow movement.

His Italian Symphony successfully captures the warmth and jollity of an Italian holiday, and his Scottish Symphony evokes the jilting rhythms of Scottish folk tunes.


Works written by Mendelssohn      
Audio is available for 30 tunes by this composer.
No.Name of WorkCategoryEnsembleSoloInstrument
1 Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage - OvertureOvertureOrchestra 
2 Fingal's Cave Overture "The Hebrides" Op 26OvertureOrchestra 
3 Hark the Herald Angels SingSacredOther EnsemblesTrumpet
4 Hear my PrayerSacredChoirVoice
5 Midsummer Night's Dream - Incidental MusicSuiteOrchestra 
6 O for the Wings of a Dove from Motet - Hear My PrayerSongChoirVoice
7 On Wings of SongSongOrchestraVoice
8 Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op 25ConcertoOrchestraPiano
9 Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op 40ConcertoOrchestraPiano
10 Ruy Blas OvertureOvertureOrchestra 
11 Sadness of Soul, from Songs without WordsShort PieceSoloPiano
12 Symphony No.3 in A Minor Op 56 "Scotch"SymphonyOrchestra 
13 Symphony No.4 in A Op 90 - ItalianSymphonyOrchestra 
14 Violin Concerto in E minorConcertoOrchestraViolin
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