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"Mendelssohn Perspectives" presents valuable new insights into Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's music, biography and reception. Critically engaging a wide range of source materials, the volume includes both traditional musical analysis-based studies, and embraces lines of inquiry that are crucial to other areas of the humanities. These exciting new approaches bring a historical and interpretive dimension to Mendelssohn studies. The volume offers essays on Mendelssohn's Jewishness, his relationship with music of the past and future, music for the stage, compositional process and handling of form in both the music of Mendelssohn and Fanny Hensel, and Mendelssohn's vast correspondence. German literature and aesthetics, gender and race, philosophy and science, and issues of historicism all come to bear on these new perspectives on Mendelssohn.