Felix Mendelssohn

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Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) was a German composer of Romantic music best known for his symphonies, overtures, concertos, piano pieces, and songs. Amongst his most popular works are his Wedding March from his score for A Midsummer Night's Dream and the rousing 'Fingal's Cave' from the Hebrides Overture.

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  • 1809 - 1847
    Life of the German composer Felix Mendelssohn.
  • 3 Feb 1809
    Felix Mendelssohn is born in Hamburg.
  • 1812
    The Mendelssohn family move from Hamburg to Berlin.
  • 1820
    Felix Mendelssohn joins the Singakademie music society in Berlin.
  • 1824
    Felix Mendelssohn completes his First Symphony.
  • 1825
    Felix Mendelssohn completes his Octet op. 20 for strings.
  • 1826
    Felix Mendelssohn completes his A Midsummer Night’s Dream instrumental music.
  • Mar 1829
    Felix Mendelssohn conducts a performance of St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach in Berlin.
  • 1830
    Felix Mendelssohn completes his Hebrides overture.
  • 1830
    Felix Mendelssohn completes what is now known as his Fifth Symphony.
  • 1833
    Felix Mendelssonh completes his Italian Symphony.
  • 1835
    Felix Mendelssohn is appointed the director and conductor of the Lower Rhine Music Festival, held annually in Düsseldorf.
  • 1836
    Felix Mendelssohn completes his St. Paul oratorio.
  • 1837
    Felix Mendelssohn marries Cécile Jeanrenaud.
  • 1840
    Felix Mendelssohn completes what is now known as his Second Symphony.
  • 1842
    Felix Mendelssohn completes his Scottish Symphony.
  • 1843
    Felix Mendelssohn founds the Leipzig Conservatory and becomes its first director.
  • 1844
    Felix Mendelssohn completes his Violin Concerto.
  • 1846
    Felix Mendelssohn completes his Elijah oratorio.
  • 4 Nov 1847
    Felix Mendelssohn dies in Leipzig of a stroke.
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