FROM MARGITA'S BENCH JULY 25, 2021
FROM MARGITA’S BENCH
July 25, 2021
Well folks, the summer is half over and before we know it, it’s going to be September, and hopefully back to in-person church services! I am sharing some music by Felix Mendelssohn today. He was born in Germany in 1809 and died of a stroke at the young age of 38. The first piece I am playing today is one of my favourite of his songs called On Wings of Song, which is from his Six Songs for Voice and Piano. The lyrics were written by German poet Heinrich Heine in 1835, and Felix’s melody is really beautiful. His other piece is an excerpt of his very well known Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61, which he wrote at the young age of seventeen – amazing!! The music needs no introduction!
Other famous pieces of his include his Song Without Words, the oratorio Elijah, the Six Sonatas for Organ, and countless other works. What was in the water in Europe in those days ?!?
I found a beautiful recording of “On Wings of Song”. It is sung in the original language, with English subtext, and superimposed on gorgeous art work. It really sweeps you away.
We have a beautiful week ahead – enjoy every day, keep that chin up, and look forward to September!
Have a safe and enjoyable week everyone! luv m