Mendelssohn Birth Bicentennial
3 FEB 1809 Birth of German composer Felix MENDELSSOHN (Bartholdy) in Hamburg. Wrote Symphonies and from A Midsummer Night's Dream the popular 'Wedding March'. Also Elijah, Fingal’s Cave. d-Leipzig, 4 NOV 1847.
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born and generally known as Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer, pianist and conductor of the early Romantic period. The grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, he was born to a notable Jewish family which later converted to Christianity. His work includes symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano and chamber music. After a long period of relative denigration due to changing musical tastes and antisemitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his creative originality is now being recognized and re-evaluated. He is now among the most popular composers of the Romantic era.