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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Lied ohne Worte für das Piano vierhändig (Song Without Words as a Piano Duet)

Overview

Creator: Felix (Jakob Ludwig) Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-47) (composer)
Creation Date: 
1847
Dimensions: 
30.4 x 23.0 cm
RCIN 
1047149
Reference(s): 
XQG 1990 34
Acquirer: Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)
Provenance: 
Specially arranged by Mendelssohn for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to play together, and presented to Prince Albert by Mendelssohn on 7 May 1847
Description:

Music manuscript, 5 pages

This is one of several pieces that Mendelssohn arranged for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to play together. The solo version was subsequently published as Opus 85, no. 6. Mendelssohn paid several informal visits to the royal couple from 1842 to 1847, and learnt that they enjoyed playing duet arrangements of the lyrical piano-solos he called 'Songs without words'. He sent this one to Prince Albert on 7 May 1847, on his last visit to London, in response to the Prince’s compliments on his oratorio 'Elijah'.

Text adapted from 'Victoria & Albert: Art & Love', London, 2010

Further details

Additional Acquirers: Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)
Category: 
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