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Mendelssohn’s Song Without Words for Cello and Piano: Beauty Without Words

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

I was originally going to write about Felix Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words for solo piano (and I will at some point), but then I found this gem.

It is believed that Mendelssohn wrote this piece for cello and piano, titled Song Without Words, sometime around 1845.  It was published after Mendelssohn’s death and given the designation Op. 109.  The sheet music may be found here.

It was with great delight that I found this video of cellist Jacqueline du Pré performing Op. 109 (Iris du Pré, piano).  I listened to other performances, but I kept coming back to this one.  Perhaps it was the richness and sweetness of tone, or the expressiveness of the playing.  I hope you will enjoy it as well.

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One thought on “Mendelssohn’s Song Without Words for Cello and Piano: Beauty Without Words

  1. Love the Lieder ohne Worte! Didn’t know the Cello version. Will check it out.

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