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Seven Character Pieces, op. 7 / Six Children's Pieces, op. 72

By Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn

Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Edited by Holger M. Stuwe. This edition: urtext edition. Paperback. Barenreiter Urtext. Performance score. Opus 72, 7. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA09083. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA09083).

Item Number: BA.BA09083

ISBN 9790006535798. 31 x 24.3 cm inches.

The"Charakterstucke op. 7"and"Kinderstucke op. 72"are Mendelssohn's most popular piano albums besides his"Lieder ohne Worte"and the"Variations serieuses op. 54". Robert Schumann described the character pieces as an"interesting contribution to the development"of the"masterful youth".

The compositions mostly dating from 1827, are essentially the result of his lessons with Carl Friedrich Zelter in Berlin . The teacher encouraged his pupil to immerse himself in the strict style of old music", in particular Johann Sebastian Bach, but at the same time, as he himself said, confidently allowed Mendelssohn to dream of"dragons and goblins".

In the 19th century, learning the piano was regarded as a highly desirable accomplishment. The demand for piano lessons for children led rapidly to the development of a repertoire suitable for this age-group. Albums for children were particularly popular around the mid-19th century and were popular presents for children's birthdays, Christmas and other occasions.

Mendelssohn's"Kinderstucke op. 72"were published in London in 1847, the year of his death, under the title"Christmas Present for His Young Friends".

The edition contains both piano cycles in the versions published in the first edition, and an extensive appendix also includes variants and early versions which survive in different autograph manuscripts

- Two of Mendelssohn's famous piano albums, with pieces of easy to medium level of difficulty
- Urtext edition reflecting the latest research findings
- Different versions taken into consideration
- Critical Commentary and detailed foreword (Ger/Eng)

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- Includes an introduction with critical commentary explaining source discrepancies and editorial decisions

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  • April 03, 2019 Mendelssohn and Bach?

    Mendelssohn was directly responsible for bringing Bach back into fashion in 19th-century Europe. Not only that but Mendelssohn’s “Seven Character Pieces” are compositionally in tune with Bach’s own compositional style. Yet the pieces are not just “redux” of Bach’s style, but Mendelssohn’s own melodic style...

    of composition comes to bear in these pieces, which I whole-heartedly recommend. The Six Children’s pieces are very good too, though easy to play so there isn’t that much challenge in them. However, they are pleasant and perfect for someone who is just learning to play fugues, or Bach.

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