Felix Mendelssohn

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Felix Mendelssohn was born in 1809. He was born to wealthy parents. He dad was a banker and his grandfather had been a philosopher. After his parents discovered Felix's musical ability, they helped Felix develop his skill.

Like Mozart, Mendelssohn started composing at an early age. He wrote some very impressive musical pieces like the "Octet for Strings" and the overture to Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Mendelssohn simply wrote down the music that filled his head without the need for a first draft. While other musicians would be carrying on a conversation with him, he would notate music in the middle of the conversation.

Mendelssohn was one of the rare composers that achieved fame and fortune before he passed away. Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto no.1 in G minor for a while was the most performed concerto ever written. Hector Berlioz even went around telling a story about a piano that was so used to playing Mendelssohn that it would play even when no one was touching the keys.

The first time it was to conduct St. Matthew Passion, Felix noticed that he had grabbed the wrong sheet music score. He had no time to go get it so he started conducting the piece. He had to turn the page ever so often as not to alarm the musicians. After two hours of conducting, he finished the piece without even noticeable mistakes Felix Mendelssohn changed the way people looked at the piano and his music is still great even after 200 years.