Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mendelssohn. Fuck You, Wagner

Interesting little bit about Mendelssohn over at NPR in honor of his 200th birthday. Apparently, there is a 2nd version of his 4th Symphony! I'd love to hear it, but haven't been able to find it in my interwebs searchings. I think they exaggerate how big of an impact Wagner had in slandering Mendelssohn out of the canon, but it's worth mentioning how big of a douche-bag Anti-Semite Wagner was.

In my opinion, Mendelssohn is a bit underappreciated, so it was nice to hear the story. Here's the 1st movement from his 4th Symphony... enjoy!


Deceon said...

I heard this program on my way to work this morning. I got the impression that the 2nd version of the 4th symphony hadn't been recorded, just performed by that guy who went around to libraries all of the world looking for lost works.

Caroline said...

Yeah, it's true...i've heard Wagner was a pain in the a$$