By Bach, Johann Sebastian; Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix; Applegate, Celia

ISBN-10: 080144389X

ISBN-13: 9780801443893

ISBN-10: 080147972X

ISBN-13: 9780801479724

Bach’s St. Matthew ardour is universally stated to be one of many world’s ideal musical masterpieces, but within the years after Bach’s dying it was once forgotten via all yet a small variety of his students and admirers. the general public rediscovered it in 1829, while Felix Mendelssohn carried out the paintings earlier than a glittering viewers of Berlin artists and intellectuals, Prussian royals, and civic notables. The live performance quickly grew to become the stuff of legend, sparking a revival of curiosity in and function of Bach that has persevered to today. Mendelssohn’s functionality gave upward thrust to the idea that improving and acting Bach’s track used to be in some way "national work." In 1865 Wagner might declare that Bach embodied "the historical past of the German spirit’s inmost life." That the fellow so much chargeable for the revival of a masterwork of German Protestant tradition was once himself a switched over Jew struck contemporaries as much less outstanding than it does us today—a assertion that embraces either the good achievements and the mess ups of one hundred fifty years of German history.

during this booklet, Celia Applegate asks why this actual functionality crystallized the hitherto inchoate thought that track used to be significant to Germans’ collective identification. She starts with a perfectly readable reconstruction of the functionality itself after which strikes again in time to tug aside a number of the cultural strands that might come jointly that afternoon within the Singakademie. the writer investigates the function performed by means of intellectuals, newshounds, and beginner musicians (she is one herself) in constructing the inspiration that Germans have been "the humans of music." Applegate assesses the effect on music’s cultural position of the renewal of German Protestantism, historicism, the mania for gathering and restoring, and romanticism. In her end, she appears on the next careers of her protagonists and the lasting reverberations of the 1829 functionality itself

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But Felix found the capital of Europe musically moribund. The celebrated salon musicales seemed devoid of serious purpose; concerts and operas failed to meet his expectations of composers and performers. ”31 And he impressed a number of other leading musicians of Europe with his performances and his compositions. ”33 In 28 There were no institutions for advanced musical training in north Germany at this time, although Zelter had established a workshop for string players (the Ripienschule) and an institute for the improvement of church and school music (see chapter 4).

42 Devrient, Meine Erinnerungen, 41. , 37. Devrient’s emphasis on these new arrivals into the Mendelssohn circle is particularly interesting in light of Michael Marissen’s argument that Mendelssohn’s choice of “Bach for his conducting debut with the Berlin Singakademie” reflected his Lutheranism, interpreted in light of his Jewish heritage. See Marissen, “Religious Aims in Mendelssohn’s 1829 Berlin Singakademie Performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion,” Musical Quarterly 77 (1993): 718–26. Jeffrey Sposato disagrees with Marissen’s argument that Mendelssohn presented the Berlin public with a philo-semitic Passion and points out that this was far from a conducting debut for a young man who had been conducting public performances for several years.

In the 1820s, no ambitious musicians could have afforded to stay forever in Berlin or measure their achievements only by its standards. Zelter had done so, but Felix had outgrown him by 1825, as both he and Zelter knew. ”30 The departure for Paris, then, left behind both the apprenticeship and Zelter’s bailiwick. But Felix found the capital of Europe musically moribund. The celebrated salon musicales seemed devoid of serious purpose; concerts and operas failed to meet his expectations of composers and performers.

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