Oxford University Press

WIlliam A. Little, Mendelssohn and the Organ


by Wm. A. Little

Although he never held a church organist job, never taught an organ student, and only gave one public organ recital in Germany, Felix Mendelssohn was considered one of the finest organists in his lifetime. For this first historical-critical study to explore the organ's impact on the life of the composer, author Little writes that the purpose is threefold: "to place Mendelssohn within the context of his time in terms of the organ, to explore the role of the organ in Mendelssohn's life and career, and to examine his entire œuvre for the organ."

Writes Mendelssohn scholar R. Larry Todd: "Likely the final word on Mendelssohn and the organ... An authoritative survey of the composer's complex relationship to the instrument and the music he wrote for it."

Published by Oxford University Press. 486 pages, hardbound.

† Little, xvii
‡ Quoted from the book jacket

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