Well now. Any of you out there who are big Mendelssohn fans must have been thinking ‘oh good, she’s reached the M’s – she’ll be doing good old Felix any day now’.
Well there’s good news and bad news:
1. Here’s the post 🙂
2. It’s not looking good for old Felix after all 😦
What? How can this be? One of the most famous composers of all time? Our beloved writer of the wedding march? Fingals Cave and all that?
Yes I know – I was a surprised as you. Here’s the thing…..
The only music by Mendelssohn actually on my iPhone was originally his symphony number 4 in A Major (‘The Italian’). If you care to click on this YouTube link, I’ll bet anything you like you’ll recognise the opening bars, so famous is this light, breezy work.
Clearly this is a most pleasant piece of music. It’s very short – only about 30 minutes long. But I kept finding my concentration wandering while I was trying to listen to it. It did not grab me. My brain refused for some reason to be engaged. I was not moved.
So in a slight deviation from the Project LT rules of ‘no new music’, I decided to listen to some other Mendelssohn which we had in our CD collection but which was not on my iPhone – his 3rd symphony in A minor and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the latter which includes the movement entitled the wedding march. What would happen? Would I find the same effect (or non-effect?).
I’m sorry to report that, yes, I remained unmoved. Oh Dear. I know that one can’t like everything. But really – Mendelssohn?
Perhaps it is just as well. A bit like not perservering with reading a book that one is not getting on with – life’s just too short and there are plenty of other things to be enjoying, as I have found out while writing this blog. Onwards, dear friends.