A Star Is Born (Two Hundred Years Ago)

Two hundred years ago today, Felix Mendellsohn was born. Until Wagner’s successful anti-Semitic attack on Jewish composers, Mendellsohn was easily the world’s most popular composer. While I remember reading his biography, what I remember most was putting the Scottish Symphony on the record player to help me fall asleep at night. My mother had a classical music collection set with a burgandy cover and several vinyl LP records. The Scottish Symphony was music that at once relaxed and inspired. If I ever have the opportunity to produce the soundtrack for a movie I will make every effort to include some portion of that work. Thanks for enriching my life, Felix. Happy Birthday.

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