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date: 19 October 2019

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This article centers on certain elements of Felix Mendelssohn's and others' lives as musicians. It considers the question of what cultural work travel accomplishes, which was to consolidate what it meant to be German musically. It states that the Anglo-German symbiosis or exchange was important in the creation and maintenance of something beyond German and English musical traditions and national traits. It was also just one relationship in a series of intersecting and interlocking relationships among composers and performers, as well as people who traveled to listen and study serious music. The concept of a cosmopolitan patriot is introduced as well.

Keywords: Felix Mendelssohn, cultural work travel, Anglo-German symbiosis, musical traditions, national traits, cosmopolitan patriot

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