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and social function, programmatic and absolute music, notions of classicism and Romanticism, modernism and historicism. It also serves as a pertinent case-study of the roles political ideology, racism, and musical ignorance may play in creating and perpetuating a composer's posthumous reception.
Fittingly, Rethinking Mendelssohn focuses on critical engagement with the composer's music and aesthetics, and on the interpretation of his works in relation to contemporaneous culture.
Building on the renaissance in Mendelssohn scholarship of the last two decades, Rethinking Mendelssohn sets a fresh and exciting tone for research on the composer. Opening new ways of understanding Mendelssohn and setting the future direction of Mendelssohn studies, the contributing scholars pay particular attention to Mendelssohn's contested views on the relationship between art and religion, analysis of Mendelssohn's instrumental music in the wake of recent controversies in
Formenlehre, and the burgeoning interest in his previously neglected contribution to the German song.
Introduction: Rethinking Mendelssohn
I Interpreting the Orchestral Music
1 Deformed Beauty? Narrative and Musical Form in Mendelssohn's Overture to the Tale of the Fair Melusina, Op. 32
2 Brass Topoi, Telescoped Recapitulations, and the Bildungsreise: A New Approach to the First Movement of Mendelssohn's 'Italian' Symphony
3 'Inner Necessity': Fabulation, Frame, and Musical Memory in Mendelssohn's Lobgesang
John Michael Cooper
4 An Epic Voice with Rhyme and Reason: On Rehearing Mendelssohn's 'Scottish' Symphony
II Historical and Aesthetic Contexts
5 Mendelssohn and the Idea of the North
Sarah Clemmens Waltz
6 Sibling Love and the Daemonic: Contradictions in the Relationship between Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn
Angela Mace Christian
7 Mendelssohn and Droysen: Historicism in Practice and Theory
III Analysing Mendelssohn
8 Mendelssohn and Sonata Form: The Case of Op. 44 No. 2
9 Expansion and Recomposition in Mendelssohn's Symphonic Sonata Forms
Steven Vande Moortele
10 Syntax and Process in the First Movement of Mendelssohn's Piano Trio Op. 66
11 Form through Sound: Klangfarbe and Texture in Mendelssohn's Instrumental Compositions
IV Art, Ethics, and Religion
12 The Philosophical Composer: The Influence of Moses Mendelssohn and Friedrich Schleiermacher on Felix Mendelssohn
13 Rethinking Kunstreligion in the Context of Mendelssohn's Life and Work
14 Sacred Sound and Secular Space in Mendelssohn's Instrumental Music
15 Felix Mendelssohn's Deutsche Liturgie in the Context of the Prussian Agende of 1829
Laura K. T. Stokes
V Mendelssohn and the Lied
16 Reassessing Felix Mendelssohn's Song Aesthetic through the Lens of Religion: The Case of 'Entsagung'
17 Changes of Pace: Expressive Accelerations and Decelerations in Mendelssohn's Vocal Rhythms
18 'Time is, Time was, Time is past': The Phenomenology of Travel in Mendelssohn's Songs
19 Fanny Hensel's Sechs Lieder Op. 9: A Brother's Elegy