Thursday, 15 January 2009
and speaking of Mendelssohn, it's shaping up to be a quiet anniversary year for him. In the UK, all manner of Purcell, Handel and Haydn activities are planned, but Mendelssohn seems to have dropped off the bottom of the list. Perhaps he didn't visit quite as often as he should, but it was enough to keep him on Queen Victoria's Christmas list. Norman Lebrecht ran a column in December lamenting his neglect, and now I see that Jessica Duchen and Tom Service have picked up a juicy story about suppressed love letters in the basement of the Royal Academy of Music. Could this be the first ever composer anniversary to be celebrated exclusively by blog?