The man, the music. Romanticism and the Twentieth Century. Besides music, Mendelssohn's education included art, literature, languages, and philosophy. These were written from towhen he was between the ages of 12 and 14, principally for performance in the Mendelssohn household, and not published or publicly performed until long after his death. Retrieved 12 December
It was produced in Berlin inbut coolly received.
This may have been because of Mendelssohn's youth, and fear of possible innovations; it was also suspected by some to be attributable to his Jewish ancestry. The man, the music. While Mendelssohn was often presented as equable, happy, and placid in temperament, particularly in the detailed family memoirs published by his nephew Sebastian Hensel after the composer's death,  this was misleading. A grandson of the philosopher Moses MendelssohnFelix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family. A final tour of England left him exhausted and ill, and the death of his sister, Fanny, on 14 Maycaused him further distress. A large portion of Mendelssohn's works still remained unpublished in the s, but most of them have now been made available.
See The Musical Quarterlyvols. The Life of Mendelssohn. The musicologist Greg Vitercik considers that, while "Mendelssohn's music only rarely aspires to provoke", the stylistic innovations evident from his earliest works solve some of the contradictions between classical forms and the sentiments of Romanticism. However, the conservative strain in Mendelssohn, which set him apart from some of his more flamboyant contemporaries, bred a corollary condescension amongst some of them toward his music. A number of songs written by Mendelssohn's sister Fanny originally appeared under her brother's name; this may have been partly due to the prejudice of the family, and partly to her own retiring nature. Fanny became a pianist well known in Berlin musical circles as a composer; originally Abraham had thought that she, rather than Felix, would be the more musical. He first heard Bennett perform in London in aged