Sunday, October 16, 2011

Song without words

To go along with yesterday's post about the music techniques of legato and staccato, I will let you see the sheet music that so clearly indicates the beautiful singing legato of this piece.  It is one of Mendelssohn's "Song Without Words".   As it is called "song",  you will appropriately see that almost the entire piece is marked legato.  Except for the top of one page [if you follow the music closely] you will see the slur lines meaning play legato these phrases.  You won't see dots above the notes to be played staccato as you don't need to, since almost the entire piece is marked legato, the pianist knows that means those notes are to be played staccato.

This is a beautiful piece, a beautiful song without words.

Felix Mendelssohn: Song Without Words, op. 19, #1:

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