from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Mendelssohn, Felix Full name Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. 1809-1847. German conductor, pianist, and composer of works characterized by emotional restraint and classical form, including the Italian (1833) and Scotch (1842) symphonies.
  • Mendelssohn, Moses 1729-1786. German philosopher noted for his writings on the inborn ability of humans to recognize beauty, truth, and goodness. His influence and works aided the assimilation of Jews into German society.

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  • n. German musician and romantic composer of orchestral and choral works (1809-1847)


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  • Often though, amid all the excitement and bankable headlines, the artistic payoffs turn out to be minimal, or the claims greatly exaggerated: Witness the overblown and specious claims made about a spate of so-called Mendelssohn “world premieres” in New York recently.

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  • In this connection it is helpful to recall Mendelssohn's differentiation of knowing, approving, and desiring from one another.

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  • "Nevertheless," Kupferberg observes, "Felix continued to use the name Mendelssohn throughout his life.


  • He is not called Mendelssohn, but I knew him by his legs.

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  • He calls the Mendelssohn piece a "jewel" but says that's what makes it so difficult.


  • (A light dinner will be provided at an extended intermission.) "The Mendelssohn was my mother's favorite oratorio, and I'm doing it in her memory,"


  • Yet the Mendelssohn was a revelation - dark-hued and urgent, with a rhythmic intensity that brought the composer's pictorial evocation of the Scottish sea vividly to life.

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  • (UK) listeners to send a short story of no more than 1000 words which use the names of all four composers - Mendelssohn, Haydn, Purcell and Handel in the most inventive, imaginative and cunning ways possible, from a detective called Mendelssohn to an intergalactic starship called the USS Handel.

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  • His fame came after his death from Typhoid Fever, at the age of 31, when composers such as Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Liszt realized his genius.

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  • "Mendelssohn" is the favorite musical interpreter of the hymn.

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