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Felix Mendelsshon
German composer, one of the leading figures of the early nineteenth century European romanticism. He was born on February 3, 1809 in Hamburg and his real name was Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Grandson of the famous Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, he adopted his middle name, Bartholdy, when the family received an inheritance from a relative with this surname, although it is known by his first name. As a child the whole family converted to Protestantism. Precocious genius was as a child he met Goethe and received a careful education. At age 9 Mendelssohn made his debut as a pianist since the age of 11 played his first composition. He composed the overture Dream summer night when she was 17 and the work that contains the famous "Wedding March '17 years later. His teachers included the composer and pianist Ignaz Moscheles Czech and German composer Carl Zelter. A Mendelssohn is credited with having rediscovered the work of Johann Sebastian Bach, the premiere in 1829 the St Matthew Passion.
As a pianist and toured Europe, especially England, where he was much admired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He worked as musical director of the city of Düsseldorf (1833-1835), director of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig (since 1835) and musical director of King Frederick William IV of Prussia (from 1841). In 1842 he co-founded the Leipzig Conservatory. The death of his favorite sister, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, affected him deeply and died six months later, on November 4, 1847, in Leipzig. Despite his tireless activity as a pianist, conductor and teacher, was a prolific composer Mendelssohn. Of his five symphonies highlight the Italian Symphony (1833) and the Scottish Symphony (1843). His choral and organ music, the most prominent of the nineteenth century, includes the oratorios Paulus (1836) and Elias (1846) for chorus and orchestra, the cantata Erste Walpurgisnacht (Walpurgis Night, 1832, revised 1843) and his sonatas, preludes and fugues for organ, which are the most important contribution to the organ repertoire from Johann Sebastian Bach. Variations also highlighted sérieuses (1841) for piano, overtures for a concert, concertos for violin (1844) and piano (1831, 1837) and eight volumes of Songs without Words for piano (1830-1845), composed some of his sister Fanny .