Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's compositions include symphonies, concertos, piano music and chamber music. His best-known works include his overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the oratorio Elijah, the overture The Hebrides, his mature Violin Concerto, and his String Octet. The melody for the Christmas carol "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is also his. Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words are his most famous solo piano compositions.
A grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family. He was brought up without religion until the age of seven, when he was baptised as a Reformed Christian. Felix was recognised early as a musical prodigy, but his parents were cautious and did not seek to capitalise on his talent.
Mendelssohn enjoyed early success in Germany, and revived interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, notably with his performance of the St Matthew Passion in 1829. He became well received in his travels throughout Europe as a composer, conductor and soloist; his ten visits to Britain – during which many of his major works were premiered – form an important part of his adult career. His essentially conservative musical tastes set him apart from more adventurous musical contemporaries such as Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Charles-Valentin Alkan and Hector Berlioz. The Leipzig Conservatory, which he founded, became a bastion of this anti-radical outlook. After a long period of relative denigration due to changing musical tastes and antisemitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his creative originality has been re-evaluated. He is now among the most popular composers of the Romantic era.
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Birth and Death Data: Born February 3, 1809 (Hamburg), Died November 4, 1847 (Leipzig)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1894 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 593 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||20||7-in.||11/21/1894||Mendelssohn's wedding march||Artists vary||Band||composer|
|Berliner||1953||7-in.||Before Apr. 1899||Be thou faithful unto death||W. D. McFarland||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||0238||7-in.||6/8/1899||Wedding march||Sousa's Band||Band||composer|
|Berliner||0896||7-in.||1/16/1900||Oh, for the wings of a dove||Florence Hayward ; Harry Macdonough||Female-male vocal duet||composer|
|Berliner||0975||7-in.||2/16/1900||Spring song||Charles D'Almaine||Violin solo||composer|
|Berliner||01115||7-in.||3/16/1900||Autumn song||Florence Hayward ; Harry Macdonough||Female-male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]430||7-in.||10/18/1900||Mendelssohn's spring song||Charles D'Almaine||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]639||10-in.||5/7/1902||Mendelssohn's wedding march||Kendle's First Regiment Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]639||7-in.||1/26/1901||Mendelssohn's wedding march||Kendle's First Regiment Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1671||10-in.||10/9/1902||Spring song||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1671||7-in.||10/9/1902||Spring song||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix C-]2344||12-in.||either 1901 or 1902||If with all your hearts||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]3025||10-in.||1/26/1901||Mendelssohn's wedding march||Kendle's First Regiment Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]3210||10-in.||3/16/1901||Mendelssohn's spring song||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo||composer|
|Victor||C-112 [Old series]||12-in.||2/9/1903 or 5/26/1903||If with all your hearts||Harry Macdonough||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||C-704||12-in.||11/16/1903||But the Lord is mindful||Corinne Morgan||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-704||10-in.||11/16/1903||But the Lord is mindful||Corinne Morgan||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-772||12-in.||12/3/1903||Mendelssohn's Wedding march||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-772||10-in.||12/3/1903||Wedding march||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||A-772||7-in.||12/3/1903||Wedding march||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-912||10-in.||1/14/1904||Spring song||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||A-912||7-in.||1/14/1904||Spring song||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-1363||10-in.||5/27/1904||Spring song||Charles D'Almaine||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||A-1363||7-in.||5/27/1904||Spring song||Charles D'Almaine||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||A-1605||7-in.||7/14/1904||Wedding march||Kendle's First Regiment Band||Band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix," accessed June 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102614.
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102614.
"Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 June 2023.
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