Felix Mendelssohn

1809–1847, GERMAN

Multi-talented and extraordinarily hardworking, Mendelssohn packed a huge amount into his short life. Famed as a composer, pianist, organist, conductor, and administrator, he stood at the forefront of European music.

FELIX MENDELSSOHN, 1834–1835This portrait by German artist Theodor Hildebrandt conveys the genial character of Mendelssohn. He is depicted as a prosperous gentleman but his tousled hair suggests his artistic nature.

IN CONTEXT

The Gewandhaus

From 1835 to his death, Mendelssohn was musical director of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, one of the oldest and most ...

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