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Songs Without Words, Book 3 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

February 22, 2021 Ted Rust, oboe and Viva Knight, piano Season 2 Episode 1
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Songs Without Words, Book 3 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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Songs Without Words, Book 3 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Feb 22, 2021 Season 2 Episode 1
Ted Rust, oboe and Viva Knight, piano

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 3 for oboe and piano is by the eminent French oboist and composer David Walter.

Mendelssohn’s 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.”

Song number 6 was given the title Duetto by Mendelssohn. It was composed in Frankfurt in June 1836, soon after he had met his future wife.

Book III, opus 38 (1836-37)

  1. Con moto
  2. Allegro non troppo
  3. Presto e molto vivace
  4. Andante
  5. Agitato
  6. Duetto. Andante con moto
Show Notes

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 3 for oboe and piano is by the eminent French oboist and composer David Walter.

Mendelssohn’s 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.”

Song number 6 was given the title Duetto by Mendelssohn. It was composed in Frankfurt in June 1836, soon after he had met his future wife.

Book III, opus 38 (1836-37)

  1. Con moto
  2. Allegro non troppo
  3. Presto e molto vivace
  4. Andante
  5. Agitato
  6. Duetto. Andante con moto