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Meet Felix Mendelssohn, Composer Of The Original Song Of The Summer

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"What's the first piece of classical music you fell in love with?" The question launched a blog, and an avalanche of powerful stories. Getty Images hide caption

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Classical Fans Tell Stories Of 'First Loves'

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Carnegie Hall Live: The Chicago Symphony Plays A Colorful Concert

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Mendelssohn: Fair Melusine Overture

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Titania awakes clinging rapturously to Bottom, still wearing the donkey's head, in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mendelssohn wrote music for a production of the play in 1843. Henry Fuseli/Getty Images hide caption

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Marin Alsop's Guide To Mendelssohn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

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Midspring Surprise: Lost Mendelssohn Song Found

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Unearthing Mendelssohn's Lost Works

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Anne-Sophie Mutter's Immortal Mendelssohn

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Mendelssohn's 'Wedding March' at 150

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Heifetz and Kreisler: Setting Standards for the Violin

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Trio Tackles Mendelssohn's Emotive Work

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Turkey, Cranberries And Composers At The Table

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The Octet, which Mendelssohn wrote when he was only 16, continues to inspire with its originality and genius. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Hear What Makes The Octet So Great

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Ted Libbey recommends Mendelssohn's 'Scottish' Symphony

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