True story. One day when I was failing and flailing some years ago, I turned on the radio and heard some unusual and then-unfamiliar music. Tho it had the structure of a baroque oratorio, it was a hybrid of baroque and early romantic in style. Tho sung in German, the vocal lines had the beauty and spiritual intensity of sacred music in Latin. Mesmerized, I listened until the piece ended and made a note when the announcer said who composed it. Yes, Mendelssohn. No, it was not his more famous (and more operatic) oratorio Elijah.
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, 1809–1847
My career implodes.
Tears flow. Great music consoles:
Mendelssohn’s Saint Paul.
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