Mendelssohn is one of the world's best-loved composers. His greatest music - 'The Hebrides'; - is a cornerstone of the classical repertoire, while the 'Wedding March'; from his incidental music to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'; has been the soundtrack to the happiest moments of millions of lives. The most astonishing child genius in the history of music, Mendelssohn was also an international celebrity. Widely regarded in the last years of his tragically short life as the world's greatest living composer, Mendelssohn has survived the assaults of such powerful detractors as Wagner, George Bernard Shaw and the cultural ideologies of Nazi Germany to remain, today as for his contemporaries, the creator of some of the freshest and most inspiring music ever written. And with the words comes the music: 2 CDs of carefully chosen pieces spanning Mendelssohn's compositional life. Furthermore, the purchaser of the book is given access to a dedicated website which offers even more music to listen to, as well as other bonus material.