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Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

February 3, 1809 - November 4, 1847
Felix Mendelssohn was a German pianist, organist, and conductor who was an important composer of the early Romantic period. Often disapproving of the adventuresome works of his contemporaries, Mendelssohn was a relatively conservative composer.

Mendelssohn’s compositional style inspired Sergei Rachmaninoff to compose the paraphrase, Scherzo from the Incidental Music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.