With these compositions, Mendelssohn wished to encourage interpretive skills in pianists by relying more on imagery than words. With the editor's helpful introduction, including performance suggestions, this compilation of 20 pieces will most definitely accomplish the composer's goals. Willard A.
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In Mendelssohn wrote to a correspondent about the composition of the Songs Without Words :. If you ask me what I had in mind when I wrote it, I would say: just the song as it is. And if I happen to have certain words in mind for one or another of these songs, I would never want to tell them to anyone, because the same words never mean the same things to others. Only the song can say the same thing, can arouse the same feelings in one person as in another, a feeling that is not expressed, however, by the same words. People often complain that music is too uncertain in its meaning, that what they should be thinking as they hear it is unclear, whereas everyone understands words.
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Felix Mendelssohn 3 February — 4 November was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. In his music Mendelssohn largely observed Classical models and practices while initiating key aspects of Romanticism. Mendelssohn enjoyed early success in Germany and was well received in his travels throughout Europe as a composer, conductor and soloist. His ten visits to Britain, during which many of his major works were premiered — form an important part of his adult career. Mendelssohn wrote symphonies, concertos, piano music and chamber music. Mendelssohn is among the most popular composers of the Romantic era. Listen to the Best of Mendelssohn on Apple Music and Spotify and scroll down to read our selection of the best Mendelssohn works.