Felix Mendelssohn, Composer
(1809 - 1847) German pianist, composer, and conductor. In adolescence, his abilities as a pianist brought him early fame. His Octet for Strings, written at age 16, and his Midsummer Night's Dream Overture at age 17 displayed a full mastery of composition. He was deeply interested in the musical tradition established by J. S. Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Beethoven. His travels as a pianist and conductor, his founding of the Leipzig Conservatory, and his leadership of the Leipzig Gewandhaus...