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Felix Mendelssohn

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn

Full Name: Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Profession: Composer and Pianist


Biography: Now among one of the most popular composers of the romantic era.

His best-known works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the overture The Hebrides, his mature Violin Concerto, and his String Octet. His Songs Without Words are his most famous solo piano compositions.

Born: February 3, 1809
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: November 4, 1847 (aged 38)
Cause of Death: Stroke

Married Life

  • 1837-03-28 German composer Felix Mendelssohn (27) marries Cécile Jeanrenaud (20)

Historical Events

  • 1818-10-24 Felix Mendelssohn, aged 9, performs his first public concert in Berlin
  • 1829-03-11 Johann Sebastian Bach's "St Matthew Passion" is revived by Felix Mendelssohn, aged 20, conducting in Berlin
  • 1831-10-17 Felix Mendelssohn's 1st Piano concert in G, premieres in Munich, with the composer as soloist
  • 1832-05-14 Felix Mendelssohn's concert overture "Hebrides" premieres in London
  • 1832-11-15 Felix Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 5 (Reformation)" premieres
  • 1833-01-10 Felix Mendelssohn's cantata "Die erste Walpurgisnacht" premieres in Berlin
  • 1836-05-22 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "St Paul" premieres in Dusseldorf
  • 1842-03-03 1st performance of Felix Mendelssohn's 3rd "Scottish" Symphony in Leipzig Gewandhaus
  • 1846-08-26 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" premieres at the Birmingham Festival in England
  • 1858-01-25 Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" first played, at wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia