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Goethe compared the child-prodigy Mendelssohn to the young Mozart. Berlioz said “There is one god - Bach - and Mendelssohn is his prophet.” Unquestionably one of the most gifted composers of all time, Felix Mendelssohn is the perfect choice to begin this superb new five-coin series celebrating anniversaries of Romantic-era musicians.
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Felix Mendelssohn is regarded by classical music aficionados and critics alike, as one of the most prolific and gifted composers the world has ever known. Even those who could not name any of his works have heard it, as his "Wedding March" from "A Midsummer Night's Dream", which has accompanied many a bride down the aisle.
Whether he was born with his incredible talent or was the product of an artistically and intellectually-inclined family will remain a mystery, but like all prodigies, Mendelssohn showed signs of true genius from childhood.
Regarded by some critics as the 19th century equivalent of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and others as a great composer who's contribution would have been greater, had his life been marred with more hardships, everyone should agree that he deserves his place amongst the best, and most influential.
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