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So if it’s not by Mozart or Haydn, could this be Mendelssohn?

Some of you expressed reasoned doubts yesterday about Youtube clips that showed what were said to be unknown pieces by Mozart and Haydn. Here’s another from the same source, purportedly A Song Without Words by Mendelssohn. But is it? And if not, why not?

Bear with me, this is leading somewhere….

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  1. AnonCogSci says:

    Oh, are these computer-composed pieces like those that this guy’s program produces?

  2. No it’s not. The first bar could be, but he would never write the octave jump d’-d” with the bass doing D-G at the same time. Sounds too open and thus harmonically “poor”. Otherwise a nice piece though.

  3. Tom Morris says:

    Again, the big giveaway is the catalogue number. There is no such thing as a G major Song Without Words Op. posth., No. 3d. While the last two books of Songs Without Words were posthumous, they were published as Opp. 85 and 102 respectively. In fact, there are no Op. post. works in the Mendelssohn catalogue: those without opus numbers are, like Beethoven’s, given WoO numbers (and there are a few works without either).

    The most comprehensive catalogue of Mendelssohn’s work was published in 2009 to mark his bicentenary. It can be found here: There are only two G Major Songs Without Words listed, both of them from the Op. 62 set (numbers 1 and 4).

    Musically, it’s another accomplished pastiche, although to me the virtuosity of the middle section does not sit well with the placid opening subject – they tend to stay in one expressive mood throughout.

  4. Felix wasn’t the only “Mendelssohn” that composed.

  5. The problem with these pieces is not stylistic.
    Its just the poor execution of the compositional craft.
    For me its the counter-intuitive and clumsy melodic work, that most of the time gives away the author being “non
    professional ” composer.

  6. Listen to what’s going on in the left hand, LOL. That ain’t Mendelsohn, though the right hand (melody) could plausibly be Mendelsohn or Schubert.

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