The Cambridge companion to Mendelssohn

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Mercer-Taylor, Peter Jameson.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Cambridge companions to music.
Online Access: Online version
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Mercer-Taylor (Univ. of Minnesota) organizes the rich essays in this collection into four parts--"Issues in Biography," "Situating the Composition," "Profiles of the Music," and "Reception and Performance"--but in fact the volume has two main areas of study: repertoire and historical context. The seven essays in part 3 treat repertoire and are the core of the book: each summarizes a different genre and demonstrates its author's intimate and up-to-date knowledge of the subject. These essays could stand as a textbook of current knowledge on Mendelssohn's music. The remaining essays, those that treat historical context and reception, are also the work of experienced Mendelssohn scholars, and they add valuable insights on reinterpretation of Mendelssohn, a central area of research in recent decades. Mercer-Taylor's introduction and opening historical overview--"Mendelssohn and the Institution(s) of German Art Music"--provide a strong setting for the essays that follow. This "clearing of the air" around Mendelssohn makes this an excellent starting place for 21st-century research on Mendelssohn. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections; all levels. C. Cai emerita, Kenyon College

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