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After a long absence from the site – I’m back! I want to share with you this wonderful piece by Mendelssohn which I heard for the first time a few days ago. It was played on the radio station where I present a classical program. The other fellow who does a Classical Music program played it on his show. I immediately went shopping to find it! The same recording he played: (Deutsche Grammophon) With Martha Argerich on piano and Gidon Kremer on violin. Fantastic piece of music.

Hans (the other presenter) introduced the piece saying that Mendelssohn wrote it when he was 14; and that when he presented it to his teacher, the teacher made a remark along the lines of now Felix could join the ranks of Mozart and other greats. It’s really hard to imagine the emotional depth shown in the second movement coming from a 14 years old! (actually he may have been 13 if the Wikipedia article is correct)

Here is the Wikipedia article about the piece.

Here are the three movements from Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra in D minor

Clarinet Mendelssohn Saint Saens Spohr Stravinsky

The Clarinet

It’s a beautiful instrument isn’t it?

Tchaikovsky Clarinet concerto Moderato


Mendelssohn Concert Piece in D minor for Clarinet, Basset-horn and piano Opus 114 Andante
Mendelssohn clarinet


Stravinsky 3 pieces for Solo Clarinet piece no. 1
Stravinsky clarinet


Saint Saens Clarinet sonata in E flat major op. 167 Allegretto
Saint Saens clarinet


Louis Spohr Clarinet concerto no. 4 in E minor Larghetto
Spohr clarinet


Mendelssohn Long Play (Lieder Ohne Worte)

Lieder Ohne Worte – Songs without words. A series for solo piano Mendelssohn wrote over various periods in his life. I find them incredibly simple and straightforward in their emotional expression. Clear, uncomplicated and easy to digest! Mendelssohn himself resisted attempts to interpret the works too literally, or add words to the pieces to make songs; and he had this to say:

What the music I love expresses to me, is not thought too indefinite to put into words, but on the contrary, too definite. {Mendelssohn’s own italics}

Hmmm … sounds pretty Zen to me! Here are 9 pieces from the series. (the first number is the Opus number and after the / is the number of the piece within that opus)

(Opus 85 / #4) –   (67 / 1)   (30 / 1) (The third piece approx. 6 minutes in just blows me away! I love it. It also appears in another Mendelssohn post on this site)   (30 / 3)   (30 / 6)   (67 / 6)    (62 / 5)   (67 / 2) and finally 19 / 3  (called Jagerlied (“Hunting Song” –  powerful stuff!)

Mendelssohn Long Play

I love this piece ... but Mendelssohn Piano

I love this piece … but what is it about?

Mendelssohn’s Op 030 no. 1 in E flat major / Andante Expressivo From his series Lieder Ohne Worte (songs without words) Which exalted emotion is expressed here? Joy? Contemplation of Nature? What? A great recommendation of Mendelssohn is that Hitler banned his work.

Songs without Words Op- 030 No- 1 In E Flat Major – Andante Espressivo

Beethoven Brahms Chopin Liszt Mendelssohn My personal bias - emotionally moving piano Piano Rachmaninoff

My Personal Bias – emotionally moving piano

A selection of solo piano pieces that fit my bias … Dreamy, melancholy, peaceful or joyously uplifting.

Here is a handful of the pianos ‘Master Composers.’ (*this bias is due no doubt to the neural imprinting from birth – of my father’s Chopin blasting!)  SEE : ABOUT ME on right hand panel

Rachmaninoff prelude in D major op. 23 no. 4


Liszt – Un Sospiro (Italian for “a sigh” – although there is some doubt Liszt ever sanctioned or used this title!) It’s the third of Liszt’s trois etudes de concert.



Mendelssohn op 053 no. 2 from his series Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without words)


Another from the series: op 019 no. 3 in A Major “Jagerlied”

Another from the series: op 019 no. 3 in A Major “Jagerlied”


Brahms’ Waltz – op. 39 / 15 in A flat major


Beethoven piano sonata 8 – adagio cantibile [listen]


Chopin Nocturne op. 15 in F sharp