Composer of the Week: Mendelssohn

Toothache and Marriage

Episode 4 Toothache and Marriage



Donald Macleod looks inside the Mendelssohns' honeymoon sketchbook, painting pictures of long climbs, sightseeing trips, even the tooth the composer's new wife had to have pulled. Including the Violin Concerto in E minor. Few people can readily lay claim to the descriptions polymath and polyglot. Felix Mendelssohn could. A child prodigy, likened by his contemporaries to Mozart, he was an accomplished composer, performer, conductor and musicologist. Beyond music, Mendelssohn was extremely knowledgeable about poetry, classical studies, theology, languages, painting and drawing. Indeed, he enjoyed art so much he continued to produce sketches, drawings and paintings as a pastime almost to the very end of his life. While he died aged only 38 in 1847, in addition to manuscripts, a considerable collection of his artwork has been preserved. Sketches and drawings featured in this week's programme can be seen on the Radio 3 website. Paulus, Op 36 (excerpt). Maria Cristina Kiehr, soprano, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, conductor Frieder Bernius. Lied in A. Howard Shelley (piano). String Quartet in E minor Op 44, No 2 (1st movement). Henschel Quartet. Prelude and Fugue in D, Op 35. Howard Shelley (piano). Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64. James Ehnes, (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Vladimir Ashkenaz.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Johannah Smith