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Limmerich ohne Worte, Op 372
The ironic Limmerich ohne Worte (Op 372) as an ‘anti-setting’ (for piano alone) makes reference to Mendelssohn’s unique invention:

Our composer admits that this song without words is of well-known origin, but he supplies it as a specimen pattern or model, to which any poem of the Limerick type can be sung. He calls attention to the fact that this procedure is frequently followed in this country in the case of Hymns; poems of very varied sentiments being adapted to the same tune; and suggests, not without a touch of satire, that it may save trouble to use this theme for Lear’s entire collection.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble 2001

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