Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy was one of the greatest musicians and music patrons of the Romantic movement. Grandson of the great philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, he came from a respected, well-to-do Jewish family that converted to Christianity. His Grand Tour took him not to the “classically” popular countries of Greece, Israel, Italy or France, but to England, where he was enthusiastically received—not least because of his overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He became so famous that people would greet him on the street with “Good morning, Mr Mendelssohn”. The affection was mutual and remained undiminished until the day of this charming and gifted young man’s untimely death from stroke at the age of thirty-eight.
- the only bio-fiction on Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy to date
- Rosemarie Marschner captures her subjects and their era with remarkable warm-heartedness and sensitivity