The Dolci Show

Dolci Show #20: Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, Book 2

August 09, 2020 Ted Rust, oboe, and Viva Knight, piano Season 1 Episode 20
The Dolci Show
Dolci Show #20: Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, Book 2
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The Dolci Show
Dolci Show #20: Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, Book 2
Aug 09, 2020 Season 1 Episode 20
Ted Rust, oboe, and Viva Knight, piano

Songs Without Words by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)  

Each of Felix Mendelssohn’s eight books of Songs Without Words is a cycle of six short, distinctive pieces in song form for solo piano. This arrangement of his Book 2 for oboe and piano is by the eminent French oboist and composer David Walter.

Mendelssohn was probably the first composer to use the title “Songs Without Words.” His  friend Marc-André Souchay once asked for permission to set his own poems to the Songs Without Words. Mendelssohn refused and explained: “What the music I love expresses to me is not too indefinite to put into words, but on the contrary, too definite.” 

 Book II, opus 30 (1833-34)

7. Andante espressivo
8. Allegro di molto
9. Adagio non troppo
10. Agitato e con fuoco
11. Andante gracioso
12. Venetianisches Gondollied
 

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Songs Without Words by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)  

Each of Felix Mendelssohn’s eight books of Songs Without Words is a cycle of six short, distinctive pieces in song form for solo piano. This arrangement of his Book 2 for oboe and piano is by the eminent French oboist and composer David Walter.

Mendelssohn was probably the first composer to use the title “Songs Without Words.” His  friend Marc-André Souchay once asked for permission to set his own poems to the Songs Without Words. Mendelssohn refused and explained: “What the music I love expresses to me is not too indefinite to put into words, but on the contrary, too definite.” 

 Book II, opus 30 (1833-34)

7. Andante espressivo
8. Allegro di molto
9. Adagio non troppo
10. Agitato e con fuoco
11. Andante gracioso
12. Venetianisches Gondollied