Fanny Mendelssohn: Melodie

This delicate little piece was written by Felix Mendelssohn’s big sister, Fanny. A musician recommended this to me, and I had never heard it. I went from not knowing it at all to absolutely fascinated with it. It is a stunning composition and shows that Fanny probably has as much talent as Felix in an era when women were not allowed to be musicians.

What is most interesting to me is that this haunting music could have been written yesterday.

It sounds like film music, or anime music. Or very good computer game music, but absolute top quality. The reason is that this Romantic style, which first appeared in the early 1800s, has never gone out of style, and it never will. It is timeless. When a lovely melody like this he’s written it is truly timeless.

I made made a couple changes.
  • First, it is marked “Allegretto”, which suggests to many people “a little fast”. However, tempo markings, because they have no metronome marking, are very debatable. I like this slower, more thoughtful.
  • Second, the repeat of the first section is exactly copied, and I added extra notes in the LH to propel it forward a bit.

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