Composer of the Week: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Exploring the composer's success in Britain
Donald Macleod explores the tragically short career of German-born Felix Mendelssohn. In the first programme in a week-long series about the composer, Macleod delves into Mendelssohn’s connections with Britain, whose population gave the warm reception of Elijah that made the work one of Mendelssohn’s greatest successes.
Subsequent episodes discuss the composer’s early musical education and his prodigious talent reminiscent of Mozart, as well as the influence of an extensive period of travelling on his music. The so-called Italian Symphony was one such inspired piece, described by Mendelssohn as ‘the jolliest piece I have ever done!’