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Mendelssohn items donated to Leipzig museum [posted 1 April 2011]
Dr. Rudolf Elvers, a German Mendelssohn researcher, has been collecting Mendelssohn items for several decades. He has now decided to donate these 1000 items — handwritten sources, drawings, first editions and books — to the Museum of City History in Leipzig, Germany.
Not only are there composition autographs, correspondence and books in the collection, but also some drawings and an water colour (showing a portrait of his wife, Cécile). The latter shows that by Felix Mendelssohn was capable painter too.
Outstanding pieces of the “Elvers Collection“ will be shown in a studio exhibition of the Museum of City History from mid-November 2011 to the beginning of January 2012. This will include the most beautiful drawings, the most fascinating letters, the most valuable books as well as the most touching personal documents of Mendelssohn and his family.