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Monday, April 28, 2008

Track 8 - 'Arrival' - Felix Mendelssohn

I must be a romantic at heart as this is one of my favourite pieces.
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) composed 8 cycles of 'Lieder ohne Worte' (Songs Without Words) from 1830 onwards.
This one was written in 1843 and features a lyrical, predominant quaver rhythm on top of a rhythm triplet accompaniment, which creates an effective cross-rhythm.

Mendelssohn's 'Songs Without Words' remain his most famous solo piano compositions, and this piece was arranged for two guitars by Miguel Llobet.

Mendelssohn was born into a wealthy and notable Jewish family, and was the grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn.
Felix's sister, Fanny, was also an accomplished pianist and composer but was not encouraged to pursue music as a career as it was not considered a proper occupation for a woman at this time. She did however have six of her early songs published under Felix's name.
To read about the life of Felix Mendelssohn you can read more here, or, here.

I always enjoy the emotional charge inherent in this music and hope that other listeners are equally entranced. So enjoy Felix Mendelssohn's 'Song Without Words No.1,Op.62'.

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