An excellent handling of fictionized biography of the musician, Felix Mendelssohn, which moves as easily as a good novel. The emphasis is on the story of the man, rather than on his music, except as the consuming power of his all too brief life. A genius in a family of musicians, Mendelssohn started composing at an early age, and by 17 was world famous. His concert tours were triumphant marches -- England, Italy, France, Germany -- and brought him in touch with such notables as Goethe, Queen Victoria, Jenny Lind, and others. But throughout he remained a simple, warm-hearted man, with a happy home life in Leipzig, generous hearted, unspoiled, hard-working. An appendix lists his compositions and the available recordings. Teens and up.