Moving on to Mendelssohn

We finished this years installment of Beethoven… and we are moving over to the German Romantic side of things.  We will hang around listening to Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy; whom English speaking countries refer to as Felix Mendelssohn.  Much easier to say… sort of.

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Smart looking chap isn’t he? He is curly headed like my eldest son.  I have a soft spot for curly haired musical types. More information than you needed to know about me, I’m sure.

A selected listening item for this composer (see Ambleside Online for more details) was: The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave) – Overture

Moving, Stirring, Rousing, and in places LOUD… are words that come to mind.  I suggest listening to it at a low volume otherwise the portions written in ff  will blow out your eardrums and send to diving for the volume dial mid-overture…. not that I did that or anything, ….just sayin’.

Most of our discussion this week was around the specific dynamics that pieces are written in. They range from soft to loud, to SUPER loud.  We discussed how music tells a story with the ebb and flow of it’s volume just as much as each instrument does within an orchestra. 

Did I mention that Hunter got a drum set for Christmas?  I think we lost our minds for a moment or two….  But he is really pretty good, especially for a 9 year old, whose mother knows nothing about the drums…and is clearly biased.

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6 thoughts on “Moving on to Mendelssohn

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  2. One of my favorite composers! His piano pieces entitled “Songs Without Words” are so beautiful. Several years ago, I played piano in a trio that performed both of his piano trios (for those who don’t know, a “piano trio” is a designation for an ensemble that includes piano, violin, and cello). You can hear one movement of that performance (this is the first movement of the first trio) here, if you like: Piano Trio No. 1 in d minor, Op. 49 – I. Molto allegro ed agitato
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    • thanks for the link! I think that piece is on the list of ones to hear while we study. I am begining to understand why Ambleside Online paired this composer with the artist they did…. his work is so beautiful, scenes from nature… you can listen to Felix and get lost staring at the paintings….

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