BORN 3 Feb 1809, Hamburg - DIED 4 Nov 1847, Leipzig: Goldschmidtstraße|
REAL NAME Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Jacob Ludwig Felix
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Dreifaltigkeitskirchhof I, Mehringdamm 21 (Halleschen Tor), Kreuzberg (VI-6-7)
Son of a Jewish banker and grandson of the philosopher Moses
Mendelsohn. His family converted to Christianity in 1816. He
was a child genius and performed with his sister Fanny. He was
taught piano by Ludwig Berger and composition by Carl Friedrich
Zelter. When he was 20 he produced his first piece and from
then the music flew from his hands. In 1821 he had met Goethe,
whose poetry influenced his early writing.|
From 1826 until 1829 he studied at the University of Berlin. He became famous in Berlin after he directed a performance of the long lost "Matthäus Passion" by Bach at the Singakademie. From 1829 to 1831 he travelled to Italy, France and England to give concerts. In 1833 he became musical director in Düsseldorf and in 1835 Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig, the youngest person ever to get that important position. He enlarged the orchestra with 50 musicians and put Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt and Schumann on the program. In Leizig he married Cecile Jeanrendaud, the daughter of a clergyman.
After an appointment as general musical director in Berlin (1841) next to his duties in Leipzig, he was a co-founder of the conservatory in Leipzig in 1842. There he and Schumann taught composition and piano. In 1844 he met the Swedish singer Jenny Lind and they became close friends.
Mendelsohn worked much too hard and travelled too much and the death of his sister Fanny from a stroke in May 1847 was a heavy blow to him. Soon afterwards he suffered a stroke himself and his recovery went very slowly. After a stay in Switzerland he returned to work, but soon he had a second stroke which left him partially paralyzed. He died in November 1847, only 38 years old.
Father: Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Abraham Ernst
Sister: Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Fanny
supported Bargiel, Woldemar
has a connection with Beethoven, Ludwig van
was a friend of Burgmüller, Norbert
was a friend of Devrient, Eduard
was a friend of Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm
was influenced by Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
was teacher to Goldschmidt, Otto
knew Gounod, Charles François
was teacher to Joachim, Joseph
knew Kinkel, Johanna
was a friend of Lind, Jenny
was painted by Magnus, Eduard
is brother/sister of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Fanny
cooperated with Pleyel-Moke, Marie Félicité
influenced Reinecke, Carl
influenced Rheinberger, Josef Gabriel
knew Schadow-Hasenclever, Sophie
cooperated with Schumann, Clara Josephine
was a friend of Schumann, Robert Alexander
visited Varnhagen von Ense, Rahel
was teacher to Verhulst, Johannes Josephus Hermanus
was teacher to Wichmann, Herman
1844/10/21: First meeting between Felix Mendelssohn and Jenny Lind
She was 24 at the time. Some think that they started an affair and that their secret love in combination with the death of his sister Fanny speedened his own death.
Baedeker Berlin, Baedeker Verlag, Stuttgart, 1994
The grave of Felix Mendelsohn-Bartholdy at the Dreifaltigkeitskirchhof I, Halleschen Tor, Kreuzberg, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (08 Apr 2003)
Bust of Felix Mendelsohn-Bartholdy in the garden of the house where he lived in Leipzig.
Picture by Androom (08 Feb 2005)
The gravesite of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn-Bartholdy at the Dreifaltigkeitskirchhof I, Halleschen Tor, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (15 Jul 2005)