500 Piano Intros for the Great Standards (The Steinway by Ed Shanapy

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He was on friendly terms with the two leading church organists in the city. One of them was August Pohlenz, organist of the church of St. 119 On these premises, where Bach had lived and worked as cantor, Mendelssohn appears to have done most of his organ playing. The other organist was 4-O Reception of Bach's Organ Works from Mendelssohn to Brahms Carl Ferdinand Becker, who from 1837 served the church of St. Nicholas. 120 Mendelssohn thought highly enough of Becker's playing to appoint him, in 1843, as the organ instructor of the newly founded Leipzig Conservatory.

But perhaps the most important point to be made about Mendelssohn's fugue is that the technical difficulty of its pedal part far exceeds that of any of his organ works written prior to 1833. 112 Their guest list included not only Moscheles but also the pianist Johann Baptist Cramer, whom Felix had met on his first trip to England in 1829. 114 Felix played the manual voices, while Cramer, who had never seen either piece before, took the pedal part. To conclude this discussion of Mendelssohn's visit to London in 1833, let us remember that later that year Vincent Novello published Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 533, in his series Select Organ Pieces.

According to the organist Edward Holmes, writing in 1835, this composition "was first made known to English amateurs by the performance of Mr. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, at St. "89 Mendelssohn's stay in London would last two months. At the end of June, and after an absence of over two years, he was back in Berlin. The "great trip" was finally over. Young Adulthood Now, at the age of twenty-three, Mendelssohn realized his need for a professional position. He was the obvious choice to succeed Zelter (who had died in May) as director of the Singakademie, but his application came to naught.

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