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The Front Row

The Front Row, Tuesday, 12/29/2009

In observance of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the prolific and influential 19th-Century composer, conductor, music educator and entrepreneur, Felix Mendelssohn. We draw upon the expertise of recognized Mendelssohn scholar, Jeffrey Sposato, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, and author of the book, The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the 19th Century Anti-Semitic Tradition,

Doctor Jeffrey Sposato discusses the issues that Mendelssohn had to confront because of his Jewish heritage … and we hear excerpts from some of the musical compositions in which Mendelssohn in essence worked out his conflicted feelings regarding his “Jewishness” and his relationship with the Christian society, religion and music that he seemed to so-willingly embrace. Listen