Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn

(1809-1847)

Felix Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn was a child prodigy performing pianist who was strictly trained in the Classical style. When he first saw the music of Chopin, he did not believe anyone could play it. Later, he heard Chopin play and decided that he greatly admired the “new style” and new techniques. But he never really could incorporate them into his own music. His most famous piano pieces are similar in approach to the preludes of Bach and Chopin and the bagatelles of Beethoven. They are called Songs Without Words because Mendelssohn composed song-like melodies to play above his broken chord accompaniments.

Songs without words

  • 1 –
    Andante in E major Op 19, No. 1
  • 2 –
    Regrets in A minor Op 19, No. 2
  • 3 –
    Hunting Song in A majorOp 19, No. 3
  • 4 –
    Confidence in A major Op 19, No. 4
  • 6 –
    Venetian Boat Song No. 1 Op 19, No. 6
  • 9 –
    Consolation in E major Op 30, No. 3
  • 12 –
    Venetian Boat Song #2 in F-sharp minor Op 30, No. 6
  • 14 –
    Lost Happiness in C minor Op 38, No. 2
  • 16 –
    Hope in A major Op 38, No. 4
  • 20 –
    Allegro in E-flat major Op 53, No. 2
  • 22 –
    Sadness of Soul in F major Op 53, No. 4
  • 23 –
    Folk Song in A minor Op 53, No. 5
  • 25 –
    May Breezes in G major Op 62, No. 1
  • 27 –
    Funeral March in E minor Op 62, No. 3
  • 37 –
    Reverie in F major Op 85, No. 1
  • 38 –
    Farewell in A minor Op 85, No. 2
  • 44 –
    Retrospection in D major Op 102, No. 2
  • 45 –
    Tarantella in C major Op 102, No. 3
  • 47 –
    The Happy Peasant in A major Op 102, No. 4
  • 48 –
    Faith in C major Op 102, No. 6