Like many other famous composers, Felix Mendelssohn began his musical life as a child prodigy. His music is classical in style, but some of his works were clearly inspired by external events and bear descriptive titles (e.g. Hebrides Overture, Fingal's Cave). However, he shied away from any programmatic interpretations voicing the opinion that music was to be interpreted by the listener. Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words for piano were a novel form and underlined his belief that music need not be programmatic, though his publishers were to add suggestive titles to these works, such as this one which was entitled 'Trauermarsch' - funeral march.
This arrangement was created for Plural Sax in 2006, but has not yet been performed.
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