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[men-dl-suh n; German men-duh l-zohn] /ˈmɛn dl sən; German ˈmɛn dəlˌzoʊn/
[fee-liks;; German fey-liks] /ˈfi lɪks;; German ˈfeɪ lɪks/ (Show IPA),
(Jacob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) 1809–47, German composer.
his grandfather, Moses
[moh-ziz,, -zis;; German moh-zes] /ˈmoʊ zɪz,, -zɪs;; German ˈmoʊ zɛs/ (Show IPA),
1729–86, German philosopher. Unabridged
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  • Conjectures were made as to who the author might be; Mendelssohn's name was publicly mentioned.

  • Duquesnel had the happy idea of putting Athalie on again, with Mendelssohn's choruses.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Mendelssohn himself had been inspired by him—the great brother-Jew with whom he might now hope some day to talk face to face.

  • People who pin their faith to Mendelssohn might be a little over-powered.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • Whether, then, Weishaupt was directly inspired by Mendelssohn or any other Jew must remain for the present an open question.

  • "Perhaps I have been more fortunate than most artists," said Mendelssohn softly.

  • Mendelssohn uses it with powerful effect in his Reformation symphony.

    The Standard Cantatas George P. Upton
  • Again, but with acuter anxiety, he awaited Mendelssohn's reply.

  • It is the first time that I have heard a note of Mendelssohn's music since his death.

    Records of Later Life Frances Ann Kemble
  • Yes, he was a dreamer and a fool, and Mendelssohn was a sage, indeed.

British Dictionary definitions for Mendelssohn


/ˈmɛndəlsən; German ˈmɛndəlzoːn/
Felix (ˈfeːlɪks), full name Jacob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. 1809–47, German romantic composer. His works include the overtures A Midsummer Night's Dream (1826) and Fingal's Cave (1832), five symphonies, the oratorio Elijah (1846), piano pieces, and songs. He was instrumental in the revival of the music of J. S. Bach in the 19th century
his grandfather, Moses (ˈmoːzəs). 1729–86, German Jewish philosopher. His best-known work is Jerusalem (1783), in which he defends Judaism and appeals for religious toleration
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