Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) Easy Piano Pieces
Piano Lessons by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy edited by Heinz Walter [pno]
A Selection from “6 Children's Pieces (Op. 72)” and “Songs without Words”
Here you will find further pieces of easy piano music.
16 pages | 23 x 30,5 cm | 74 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-17435-7 | Softcover
In the last year of his life, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) composed the six charming Children’s Pieces, op. 72 (EB 8317). In contrast to the collections of children’s pieces (by Schumann or Reger, for example), these have remained relatively unknown. Admittedly, however, they here and there demand technical and musical accomplishments that are beyond those to be expexted of beginners and belong to an intermediate stage of instruction. In the present edition, minor re-arrangements and cuts (in op. 72 no. 6) are intended to make the music more accessible to a child’s understanding.
The “Songs without Words” presented here are musically more demanding. From the total of 48 pieces, I have selected three slow compositions in which simple, beautiful melodie lines are supported by chorale-like piano textures. True performance of these pieces requires clean polyphonic chord playing and a cultivated pedal technique.
The selection of pieces in this edition will, it is hoped, stimulate renewed interest in the piano music of Mendelssohn, which is so neglected today.
Heinz Walter, Salzburg, Spring 1979
|Moderato MWV U 73 Op. 19b/4|
|Adagio non troppo MWV U 104 Op. 30/3|
|Adagio cantabile MWV U 114 Op. 53/4|
|Allegretto MWV U 164 Op. 72/3|
|Vivace MWV U 168 Op. 72/6|
|Andante sostenuto MWV U 170 Op. 72/2|