This year sees the 150th anniversary of Mendelssohn's death, but no one seems particularly interested.
Both Schubert and Brahms also have anniversaries this year, but Mendelssohn, who outshone them both in life, seems forgotten in death.
Throughout Europe, his death was marked by torchlight processions, but now he is so unfashionable that it is easier to find recordings of Messiaen or Menotti in local record shops.
Adrian Mourby tries to find out what has happened to one of the greats of 19th-century music.

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  • 19970816