(180947). Grandson of M. Mendelssohn*; composer; b. Hamburg, Ger.; his father's brother-in-law, Jakob Salomon, had adopted the name Bartholdy on acquiring land formerly owned by a man named Bartholdy; when J. L. F. Mendelssohn's father became Luth. and had his children bap., he, at the suggestion of Jakob Salomon Bartholdy, added Bartholdy to the name Mendelssohn, to distinguish the Christian Mendelssohns from those who adhered to Jewish belief. Child prodigy at 9. Led revival of works of J. S. Bach* 1829. Works include 5 symphonies, including Reformation Symphony; symphony cantata Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise); oratorios St. Paul and Elijah; organ sonatas.
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