Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn was born on February 3, 1809 in Hamburg to a wealthy Protestant-Jewish family. In 1812 the family moved to Berlin. At age 6 he started piano lessons, at age 8 he began lessons in composition. Before the age of 13 he already had several compositions under his name. He is still considered one of the greatest composers with an exceptional gift. In 1832 he married Cécile Jeanrenaud and together they were blessed with 5 children: Carl, Marie, Paul, Felix and Lili. Felix Mendelssohn died on November 4, 1847 in Leipzig, only 38 years old.

Felix Mendelssohn
1809 - 1847

In one of his compositions, Saint-Paul, he wrote of the conversion of Paul as an allegory to the conversion of his own family to Lutheranism. He mixed dramatic tension with great-scale chorus music, a symbol of the blind rage of the followers of the old worship and the victory of the new faith. In part two he uses the Divine Name.


Music piece: Saint Paul, Part II

And Paul came to the congregation
And Paul sent and called the elders
And there was a man at Lystra
And they called Barnabas, Jupiter
And they laid wait for Paul
And they persecuted Paul
And though he be offered
Be thou faithful unto death
But our God abideth in Heaven
But Paul and Barnabas spake freely
But when the Jews
Far be it from thy path
For know ye not?
For so hath the Lord
How lovely are the messengers
I will sing of the great mercies
Is this He?
Not only unto Him
Now we are ambassadors
Now when the Apostles
O be gracious, ye immortals
O Thou, the true and only light
See what love
The Gods themselves
The nations are now the Lord's
Then the multitude
This is Jehovah's temple
Thus saith the Lord



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