1828: Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

FRIDAY, January 17, 2020

Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage – Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt

Wiki has a bit of background on this piece. There is a second article about this overture. Of most interest to me is that Beethoven also used the same title for a cantata, and Mendelssohn obviously had similar ideas, all based on Goethe. This overture by Mendelssohn is not as famous as his Midsummer Night’s Dream, or Fingal’s Cave, but it is certainly fine music.

This is the second of three famous overtures…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1826, was written first. Then a couple years later came this piece, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, 1828. Finally came Fingal’s Cave, 1830-1832, but actually published in 1833. He wrote it in 1830 but revised it two years later.


1 thought on “1828: Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

  1. The music brought a vision of a ship leaving port when the wind was very calm. As the wind picked up the music did so as well. The music reaches its peak as the ship safely arrives at its destination.

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