Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) was a German composer of the Romantic era. Like Mozart, he was a child prodigy, but, unlike Mozart, his parents did not exploit that; rather, they encouraged him to be a child when he was a child. His mother, an amateur pianist, was his first piano teacher. His grandfather was the philosopher, Moses Mendelssohn, and his father, Abraham, was a banker. His father, a Jew, renounced the Jewish religion. Felix later embraced Christianity and became a Lutheran. He was very close to his sister, Fanny, who was also a great composer but, like Mozart’s sister, did not get the attention she deserved, that being focused only upon Felix. He died young, as did Mozart. He championed the music of J.S. Bach, which was generally overlooked during Bach’s lifetime. He was very much influenced by Bach and by his contrapuntal style (see the organ fugue, below). To my ear, his music often bears stylistic resemblance to that of Mozart. He was a contemporary of Hector Berlioz, Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner.

Heilig – “Sacred Motet”

“Verleih uns Frieden”

CONCORSO MUSICA SACRA 2008 – SACRED MUSIC INT.L COMPETITION – Mendelssohn

“If With All Your Hearts”, from Elijah

“Lift Thine Eyes,” from Elijah SSA choir

Coro y Orq. Via Magna, Salmo 42

 

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Part #4,- “Lobgesang” op.52, Symphony in B Flat

Organ
Fugue in G Major, Opus 37, no. 2

Orgelsonate III A-Dur,

Happy and Blest Are They from St. Paul- Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The 5 Psalm Cantatas, for mixed choir, solists and orchestra

For a fitting tribute to Felix Mendelssohn, see:
Requiem for Fanny (Felix Mendelssohn) COMPLETE
Requiem for Fanny recreates the world of Felix Mendelssohn, to the musical accompaniment of his beautiful String Quartet No. 2. In a period setting, actors and dancers perform around and about the musicians, evoking the composer’s happy childhood and sophisticated milieu, as well as his close relationship with Goethe and his symbiotic relationship with his sister Fanny, herself a major composer.

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Leonard Bernstein (1918 –1990)

He was one of the first American composers born and trained in the United States. Perhaps his best-known music is the musical, West Side Story. He was also well known as a pianist and a lecturer, He was one of the first conductors to perform the work of Charles Ives, who had composed some 50 years earlier.

A Jew, he is perhaps best known in liturgical music for his Mass.
Bernstein Mass – Interview with Marin Alsop

“Sanctus-Agnus Dei-Things Get Broken-Secret Songs”

Things Get Broken -Lords Prayer

Simple Song

Gospel-Sermon: “God Said”

“Epistle”

“Sanctus”

“Qui tollis peccata mundi”

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Arthur Honegger: (1892–1955)

Symphony #3 “Liturgique” – I “Dies Irae” Allegro marcato

La Danse des Morts (The Dance Of The Dead) PArt1

Intrada

Fugue and Chorale for Organ

“Cantate de Noel”

Part 1 of 3

Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3

Not liturgical, but . . .
Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher II, 2/ –

Cantique de Pâques

Judith
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTSF-CIQXqI

 

 

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