A highly readable and authoritative account of a brief but remarkably creative life, and an important contribution to Mendelssohn studies. S
Professor Todd is our most distinguished authority on Mendelssohn ... His new volume gives not only a remarkably full and detailed picture of Mendelssohn's career, but also a rich and satisfying account of the European culture in which he lived out his short life. (Charles Rosen, Times Literary Supplement
Mendelssohn is a splendid and deeply satisfactory achievement. (Charles Rosen, Times Literary Supplement
This monumental and magisterial biography is itself a celebration of the composer's life and achievement. His book Mendelssohn: A Life in Music will inspire all its readers to get to know the composer's music better. Such an exhaustive and definitive biography as Mr Todd's Mendelssohn will surely become a standard reference work for many years to come. Rufus Hallmark, Washington Times Daily (USA), 14/03/04
Professor Todd's imposing tome must surely be the last word on Felix Mendelssohn's life and music. It is a remarkable work of reserch and musical scholarship engagingly written and accessible even to a non-music specialist. (Classic FM, The Magazine
About the Author
R. Larry Todd was hailed in The New York Times as "the dean of Mendelssohn scholars in the United States." A Professor of Musicology at Duke University, he has published widely on Mendelssohn and his time, and nineteenth-century music.