Composers / Edvard Grieg / Places catalog

Mendelssohn House

Today, the Mendelssohn House at 12 Goldschmidt-Strasse is home to a museum devoted to the composer. From 1835, Mendelssohn conducted the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and in the years 1843–1844 he was director of the Conservatory. Grieg got to know Mendelssohn’s music at quite an early age, when learning piano with his mother. But it was not until his studies at the Leipzig Conservatory that he had the opportunity to become better acquainted with his oeuvre. In later years, he admitted that Mendelssohn was one of his favourite composers at that time. ‘I was full of Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Wagner. It was as if I needed to find a little space in which to breathe in a more personal and independent atmosphere’. The influence of Mendelssohn’s is discernible in Grieg’s first piano opuses, written during his studies in Leipzig: the Four Piano Pieces, Op. 1 (1863–1864) and the Poetic Tone Pictures, Op. 3 (1863). In a later period, however, Grieg came to see Mendelssohn as merely an elegant and technically proficient composer devoid of the inner longing that was so typical of the works of Schumann. Despite this, Mendelssohn’s works sometimes found their way onto the programmes of Grieg’s piano recitals. One work particularly admired by Grieg would appear to be the oratorio Elijah, which he chose for the programme of his last concert as a conductor with the Harmonien Orchestra he had founded in Bergen. His interpretation of Mendelssohn’s work was so enthusiastically received that the audience gave Grieg a standing ovation.

Place Category
100 Via Sistina
2 Øvre Voldgate Flats
Antico Caffè Greco
Avenue to the Grieg Museum Education, Other
A Walk around Grieg’s Villa Flats
Bergen Public Library Other
Berlin Appearances
Brussels Appearances
Church of St John Churches / Places of worship
Church of St Mary Churches / Places of worship
Church of St Thomas Churches / Places of worship
Composer’s Atelier Flats
Den Nationale Scene Appearances
Eremitagen in Jægersborg Manors / Palaces / Castles
Fish Market
Fredensborg Castle Manors / Palaces / Castles
Frederiksborg slott Manors / Palaces / Castles
Geneva Appearances
German Quay Other
Gewandhaus Appearances
Grand Café Coffeehouses
Grand Casino Hall Appearances
Grieghallen Appearances
Grieg Museum Other
Griegs’ Townhouse Flats
Hals Brothers’ Concert Hall Appearances
Hans Tank Secondary School Education
Haukeland Flats
Helsinge in Gribskov Other
Helsingör Manors / Palaces / Castles
Hotel Cecil Hotels / Inns
Hotel Westminster Hotels / Inns
Humlebæk Other
Kalfaret Churches / Places of worship
Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) Hotels / Inns
Lago Maggiore Other
Lake Gurre Other
Landås Court Flats
Leipzig Conservatory Education
Leipzig Opera Other
Leipzig Train Station Other
Lodge Education
London Other
Mendelssohn House Other
Missionary House Appearances
Mothsgaard/Søllerød Kro
National Theatre Appearances
Odd Fellows Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
Old (Gamle) Bergen Museum of Architecture Flats
Old Town with the Old Town Hall (Leipzig) Other
Paris Other
Peters Edition Publishers / Bookshops
Piazza Barberini Other
Piazza del Popolo Churches / Places of worship, Other
Pincio Other
Prague Other
Royal Conservatory of Music Education
Royal Theatre Appearances
Rungstedlund Flats
Sanatorium on Voksenkollen Hotels / Inns
Scandinavian Society Other
Sorrento Hotels / Inns
Spanish Steps Other
Stockholm Other
The Grave of Edvard and Nina Cemeteries
The Wet Dock Other
Tivoli Other
Troll Hall (Troldsalen) Appearances
Vienna Other
Villa Medici Other
Villefranche-sur-Mer Other
Warsaw Appearances, Other
Wilhelm Hansen Edition Publishers / Bookshops