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Posted: Feb 04 2008 at 10:45am | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

Felix Mendelssohn was included in our October study of "Music Inspired by Literature" (the Shakespeare bit -- he composed incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, including the famous Wedding March ). Now we're going to dig a little bit deeper.

Felix Mendelssohn at Classics for Kids- biography

more at Classics for Kids

You can hear "Scherzo" at the above links.

Today we are listening to this album:

The Story of Mendelssohn in Words and Music.

Yesterday was his birthday!

I haven't found a children's book to go with this study, so if you know of one, please share. Thanks!

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Posted: Feb 04 2008 at 11:17am | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

I still haven't found a children's book for Felix, but I did find one for his apparently equally-gifted (but largely unknown) sister Fanny -- Hidden Music: The Life of Fanny Mendelssohn.

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Posted: Feb 04 2008 at 11:20am | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

This might be a possibility: Mendelssohn: Illustrated Lives of great Composers.

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I can't wait to listen to the clips!

I didn't know that Classics for Kids website was there, thanks for the information!



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I was thinking there was an Opal Wheeler biography of Felix Mendelssohn, but maybe I misremember. I couldn't find one with a quick scan---but maybe someone out there knows? My kids love the Opal Wheeler books-simple and sweet, but we learn something from them every time!

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Posted: Feb 21 2008 at 11:46am | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

Hi Kelly! Thanks for the recommendation -- still can't find the Mendelssohn, though we love Opal Wheeler too!

Playing Songs Without Words on my blog right now, if anyone hasn't heard it yet.

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