Cultural-historical treasure trove of outstanding importance
The edition of the letters of Felix Mendelssohn is complete
More than 5,000 letters penned by the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy survive – he wrote almost 200 letters each year on average. His correspondence is an impressive document of the cultural history of the 19th century, a treasure trove from a past era. Famous contemporaries such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Carl Friedrich Zelter and Alexander von Humboldt were amongst his partners in correspondence.
This enormous collection of letters has now been published in an exemplary edition. It has been edited by a department of the University of Leipzig, and provided with detailed commentaries. The 12 magnificent volumes contain almost 10,000 pages, and the work is published by Bärenreiter-Verlag.
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sämtliche Briefe. Based on the collection compiled by Rudolf Elvers, edited by Helmut Loos and Wilhelm Seidel. 12 volumes. Bärenreiter-Verlag Kassel 2008–2017. 1,932 Euros. CD ROM € 248 (only available to subscribers to the complete edition)