Music: Felix Forever

The name of one composer was on everybody's lips last week in Berlin. So were words like Wunderkind. After all, hadn't he matured faster than Mozart? It was said that his talents as pianist and conductor were beyond those of any of his contemporaries. On top of all that, he was evidently a likable, unpretentious man of the world, gifted in languages, poetry and science, a fit partner for any woman on the dance floor, and any man's match in the billiard room. Who was the man? Why, Jacob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

Mendelssohn grew...