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Ernst Friedrich August Rietschel (1804-61)

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy c.1849

RCIN 69006

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Mendelssohn was a favourite acquaintance of the Queen and Prince Albert. He played music with them on several occasions, dedicated several of his works to them and arranged one of his Songs without Words for them (no. 148). When he died in 1847, at the age of 38, the Queen wrote: ‘to think, when one is playing his beautiful music, that he is no more, seems incomprehensible’.

First recorded at Windsor Castle in 1854

No. 147