Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, director of music for the Berlin Court: Influences upon his unaccompanied compositions written for the Berlin "Domchor".
AuthorSchuppener, James Gregory.
KeywordsMusic -- Germany -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Composers -- Germany.
AdvisorSkones, Maurice H.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study discusses Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's appointment to the Prussian Court of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, Mendelssohn's relationship with the Court (both personal and professional) and the numerous difficulties encountered with this appointment. In addition, Mendelssohn's musical responsibilities and personal feelings toward the cities of Leipzig and Berlin, Berlin's choral traditions (including a brief history of the Berlin Domchor) will also be discussed. Mendelssohn's op. 78, op. 79 and Die deutsche Liturgie written for the Berlin Domchor reflect the sometimes competing demands of the traditional liturgical genres (e.g. Masses, psalms, motets), which are more "objective" in nature and the far more "subjective" elements inherent in the Romantic "ideal" of expression. This study deals exclusively with the unaccompanied choral compositions written for the Berlin Domchor with particular emphasis given to op. 78 - Drei Psalmen, and op. 79 - Sechs Spruche.