Mendelssohn: His Life and Music
- 13-digit ISBN: 978-184-379-257-4
- Barcode: 9781843792574
- Approximate length: 50,000 words
- Formats: iPad/iPhone (enhanced), Kindle, Nook, Kobo
Mendelssohn is one of the world’s best-loved composers. His greatest music—The Hebrides, the Violin Concerto, the ‘Italian’ Symphony—is a cornerstone of the classical repertoire, while the ‘Wedding March’ from his incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been the soundtrack to the happiest moments of millions of lives. The most astonishing child genius in the history of music, Mendelssohn was also an international celebrity, his company sought by the leading figures of his time, from Goethe to Queen Victoria. Widely regarded, in the last years of his tragically short life, as the world’s greatest living composer, Mendelssohn has survived the assaults of such powerful detractors as Wagner, George Bernard Shaw and the cultural ideologues of Nazi Germany to remain, today as for his contemporaries, the creator of some of the freshest and most inspiring music ever written.
About the Author
A composer, writer and classical music journalist, Malcolm Hayes studied music at Edinburgh University, graduating in 1974. He then lived in the Outer Hebridean islands of Scotland for several years, working mainly in the local weaving industry, before moving to London. From 1986 to 2005 he was a music critic on the Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers. His other books include a biography of Webern and the centenary edition of Walton’s Selected Letters. He is a passionate follower of English cricket, and of Ferrari motor-racing.