Inner Voices of the Mendelssohn Family

Michael Steinberg, Brown University
On View:
Feb 7, 2016 - Feb 7, 2016
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way | Berkeley , CA
The Magnes
Gallery Hours:
Every week, Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, during the UC Berkeley Fall and Spring Semesters.

A lecture exploring connections and continuities from Moses to Felix Mendelssohn, and from philosophy to music, in the realms of inner and private life, community, and the wider public sphere.

Michael P. Steinberg is Vice Provost for the Arts, the Barnaby Conrad and Mary Critchfield Keeney Professor of History, and Professor of Music and German Studies at Brown University. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and of the Board of Directors of the Barenboim-Said Foundation USA.. He served as Founding Director of the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown from 2005 to 2015 and between 2009 and 2013 as dramaturg on a joint production of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung for the Berlin State Opera and the Teatro alla Scala, Milan.

Followed by a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Song Without Words, and a presentation on the Erard Grand Piano (London, 1854) and the Wieck Grand Piano in rosewood (No. 819, Dresden, ca. 1860), on loan from the Department of Music, by Professors Nicholas Mathew and James Davies, and students from the Pianism seminar at UC Berkeley.

Gallery tours accompanied by Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words, performed on a Wieck Grand Piano in rosewood (No. 819, Dresden, ca. 1860) by UC Berkeley students and instructors from Professors Nicholas Mathew and James Davies’sPianism seminar.

From Book VI, Op. 67: James Davies

From Book VIII, Op. 102: Nicholas Tjahjono

From Book III, Op. 38: Martha Wasley

From Book II, Op. 30: James Lim

Musical staff notation

Major support for The Magnes comes from the Helzel Family Foundation, the Magnes Museum Foundation, The Magnes Leadership Circle, and The Office of the Chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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