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Mendelssohn—“Italian” Symphony

Lecture no. 12 from the course: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

Mendelssohn—“Italian” Symphony

Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 44 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses

Mendelssohn’s record as a musical prodigy—surpassing even Mozart—played an ironic role in his later life. Regarding this symphony, track the “Mendelssohn problem,” the controversial perception that his mature style showed an increasing conservatism. Through the four movements of this work, find the heart of Mendelssohn’s extraordinary musical voice—its lyric beauty, formal lucidity, and ideal of communicative directness.

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