Felix Mendelssohn rightly takes his place in the pantheon of classical music greats - a virtuosic instrumentalist and composer, he is clearly one of the most important German composers of all time. His music faultlessly combines the expressive elements of romantic music with the clarity of classical music. He was responsible for the re-emergence of interest in the music of JS Bach, a legacy beyond comprehension to musicians around the world. Imagine a world without Bach?
Mendelssohn was a prolific composer and during his short life he composed significant works in all styles, particularly his symphonies and overtures. He wrote two Oratorios Elijah and St Paul and many songs and a collection of string symphonies. His compositions perfectly reflect the artistic attitude of his time, clarity, balance and discipline.