German composer, pianist, and conductor Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, otherwise known as Felix Mendelssohn, died at age 38. Mendelssohn was nurtured in the arts from childhood. Upon moving to Berlin at an early age, he studied the piano with Ludwig Berger, composition with Carl Friedrich Zelter, and literature and landscape painting.
He was acquainted with music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which is reflected in the elegance and grace of his works. At the same time, his compositions helped mark the beginning of the Romantic period. While preserving Classical period practices, his works began to diverge from rigid forms and traditions of this era and incorporate artistic nuances of Romanticism.
Among his other, most famous works are his "Italian" and "Scottish" Symphonies, two piano concerti, the oratorio "Elijah," and several chamber music compositions.
Mendelssohn also founded the Leipzig Conservatory of Music in 1843.
ANNE SOHPIE-MUTTER | MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO IN E MINOR OP. 64 | KURT MASUR & GEWANDHAUSORCHESTER LEIPIZIG | 2009