7 Jun 2015

Felix Mendelssohn - Calm and Prosperous Voyager

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 7 June 2015
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy by Wilhelm HenselFelix Mendelssohn began to compose at a young age and was supported, but not pushed, by his family.

He had piano and composition lessons early, and on his travels met many prominent composers and artists of the day. By the age of fourteen he had a private orchestra which he composed string symphonies for.

As Roger Smith describes in this programme, Mendelssohn continued to travel and to be inspired by his experiences and the people he met throughout his short life. He worked tirelessly and he loved it.

Image: Portrait of Mendelssohn by Wilhelm Hensel, 1847