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Jakob Mendelssohn, 1809-1847

In Concert

Portrait of Mendelssohn by the English miniaturist James Warren Childe, 1839

Mendelssohn spoke of mysticism in his music, as did Grieg, Mozart, and Beethoven... Mendelssohn is one of the best known mystics, as well as Handel and Grieg.
bioFlower A. Newhouse, The Mystical Experience

Felix Mendelssohn was born on February 3, 1809, in Hamburg, Germany. A child prodigy, at age 9, he made his public musical debut in Berlin. In 1819, he joined the Singakademie music academy and began composing non-stop. At Singakademie, he also became a conductor, but continued to compose prolifically. Among his most well-known compositions is the Overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream.

Mendelssohn founded the Leipzig Conservatory of Music in 1843. He died on November 4, 1847, in Leipzig, Germany.

We are very interested, these days, in the works of Raynor C. Johnson. In one of his writings (I think it's The Spiritual Path), he mentions that Mendelssohn's 'Trio #1 in D Minor' has a great effect of cleansing the emotional body. Now this is a man of tremendous spiritual growth and development, so that is a number that those of you who love great music should remember.
bioFlower A. Newhouse, Lenten Class (1 of 4)




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