Saturday, February 16, 2013

Germany: Mendelssohn

Germany issued this stamp (Scott 1980) in 1997 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the composer's death. The image depicts Mendelssohn in profile on the right, with a score facsimile on the left. Without studying the music too closely, the music doesn't seem to be from one of the composer's organ works, though I would welcome correction by anyone willing to compare. Otherwise, the stamp does not include any elements that relate to the organ. The selvage includes the composer's signature and a five line/four space pattern that is likely intended to bring to mind music staves. Mendelssohn was famous for bringing about a revival of interest in the compositions of JS Bach. Too he composed a compelling oeuvre of organ music.

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