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The Temple of Juno in Agrigento by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)
De Agostini Picture Library / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA68059
Recording details: June 2013
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Annabel Connellan
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: July 2014
Total duration: 1 minutes 54 seconds

Lied in E flat major
composer
composed for Fanny Mendelssohn's birthday on 14 November 1828

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Though still couched in mystery, the origins of the Lieder ohne Worte may lie in a childhood musical game the composer played with his sister, the musical prodigy Fanny Mendelssohn, who reported in a letter from the 1830s that as children they experimented with fitting newly contrived texts to their piano pieces. To Fanny we also owe the revelation that her brother composed for her birthday on 14 November 1828 a Lied ohne Worte, which was preserved in her autograph album, where he recorded a Lied in E flat major. Fanny’s comment is the first documented reference to the new genre, which became inextricably associated with Felix Mendelssohn, though his sister also produced several finely wrought, gem-like examples of piano Lieder. In two parts, Mendelssohn’s Lied in E flat major comprises an expressive Allegro that spills over into a coda marked Grave, the first few bars of which resemble the principal theme of the Lied ohne Worte, Op 19b No 4. Here we find a relatively rare instance of Mendelssohn’s use of self-quotation.

from notes by R Larry Todd © 2014

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