Duet Op. 38, No. 6
(Songs Without Words - Duetto)
Published on: Jul 12, 2008


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Duet Op. 38, No. 6 (Songs Without Words - Duetto) was composed by Felix Mendelssohn. The recording is performed by Jeremiah Jones and is 4 minutes and 16 seconds in length.

This work is one of the pieces in Mendelssohn's Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte) and is considered one of his most beautiful works for piano. This piece is a duet between two voices of the piano, and should be played in a way that makes the voices truly sing. The voices alternate throughout the beginning of the work, combine for a masterful climax, and then come together again at the end for a most beautiful coda. The last several measures are particularly beautiful when played as written. The final A-flat and C in the second to last measure should be played with enough emphasis (with the left hand) that the two notes stand out - as they are the two voices combined for their final harmony. This chord should be held down and switched (without releasing the sound) to the right hand so that the left hand and two fingers of the right hand can play the final two chords. These should not be held for too long as the concluding sound of the piece should be the resonating harmony of the duet's voices (the A-flat and C). Careful inspection of the last three measures will make this quite obvious.

This is truly a beautiful work. I have dedicated this recording to my sister, Jenifer, who first introduced me to this piece several years ago. You can read the dedication on my piano blog. This recording was made at my home on my studio upright piano. This piano is much too bright for this work, so the recording is not ideal; but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

Score / Sheet Music: sheet music for Felix Mendelssohn's Duet Op. 38, No. 6
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