|Happy Birthday Felix!
||[Feb. 3rd, 2009|08:19 am]
Today is the 200th Birthday of one of my favorite classical composers, Felix Mendelssohn.|
He composed Octet in E-flat Major when he was 16 years old. Many modern music critics and composers consider him the greatest child prodigy composer ever.
The Mendelssohn violin concerto is a rite of passage for aspiring violin virtuosos and considered to be one of the greatest pieces of music ever to be written for the instrument.
Perhaps the reason he is one of my favorite composers are his chamber works, small ensembles have long been my favorite type of classical music and he wrote for them with an unrivaled intensity.
If you've never listened to Mendelssohn, give him a try! His music his intense and energetic, and does a lot to dispel the stuffy notion many people have of classical music.