TUESDAY, November 26, 2019
Popular for 193 years – and almost three years…
By now people should know a good deal about Felix Mendelssohn, so let’s compare two compositions, one written by him and one by Jacob Collier. One is about mid-summer, the other about mid-winter. One is inspired by a play by Shakespeare. The other, In The Bleak Midwinter, is based on a very unusual Christmas carol.
Jacob was born August 2nd, 1994. Felix was born February 3rd, 1809. There is a difference in time of almost two centuries – 185 years.
Mendelssohn wrote “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” when he was only 17 years old. Jacob’s arrangement was written when he was a bit older at age 22. Although it is not his original composition, the result is so far from the simple carol that you really have to think of it as something almost entirely original.