1809–1847
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Feb­ru­a­ry 3, 1809, Hamburg, Germany.

November, 4, 1847, Leipzig, Germany.

Dreifaltigkeitsfriedhof, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany.

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It is said that Men­dels­sohn used to wan­der through the vil­lag­es of Eng­land, vis­it­ing the Epis­co­pal church­es. One day he en­tered an an­cient church where the old or­gan­ist was strum­ming the or­gan, do­ing his best. Men­dels­sohn went up to him, and said:

Would you let me play on the or­gan?

The old or­gan­ist said in a gruff man­ner: We do not al­low pe­ople who do not know how to play.

But I wish you would let me play, said Men­dels­sohn.

Well, it is against the rules of the church, but you may sit down and try it.

Mendelssohn sat down, and his fin­gers be­gan to sweep over the key­board. The old man stood, and looked, He had nev­er heard the or­gan talk like that be­fore, and as Men­dels­sohn con­tin­ued to play the old man seemed trans­fixed. He put his hand on the play­er’s shoul­der as he got through, and said:

Who are you?

I am Men­dels­sohn, was the re­ply.

Mendels­sohn! said the old or­gan­ist, and to think that I re­fused per­mis­sion to Men­dels­sohn to play on this or­gan!

Friend, let Je­sus have the key­board of your life! If he has it, oh, the mu­sic he will bring out of it! And how we shall glor­i­fy Him in these lives of ours.

Record of Chris­tian Work (East North­field, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Rec­ord of Chris­tian Work Com­pa­ny), vol­ume 40, num­ber 1, Jan­u­ary 1921, p. 779

  1. Bartholdy
  2. Consolation
  3. Elven
  4. Evangelist
  5. Ghaziabad
  6. Klamath
  7. Lord’s Day
  8. Mendelssohn
  9. Munich
  10. Nun Danket
  11. Praise Song
  12. Seasons
  13. Sherborne
  14. Stukely
  15. Trask
  16. Trust
  17. Wilson