These two Songs Without Words I have played on New Years Eve for some friends and relatives in Switzerland, but the two recordings below I have recorded at home this evening. It´s only audio, that means, that I haven´t made a video this time. It´s recorded with my Neumann KM 184 mics on Zoom H4n, originally as wave-files of 96 Khz/24 bit. I have choosen these two Songs Without Words, because they have some things in common, but on the other side they are also different, of course. Both are in a-major, both are each the last piece of their set and both are full of joy and energy. The famous "Frühlingslied" (Song of Spring) gives us the imagination f. ex. of a bubbling streamlet in spring or rising florals or flowers. It´s a sounding allegory of awaking nature respective life in spring. In contrast to that dulcet op. 62, 6 the Song Without Words op. 53, 6 seems may be to be a bit "brutal" at first view. I would say it expresses Storm and Stress (Sturm und Drang), highest energy of life and nature in youth. What seems to be a bit strange at first view are the dissonances of seconds, which are built in all over the place. This gives the piece a quite modern, may be a bit "jazzy" character. I really love that and it´s a lot of fun to play! Comments are very appreciated! Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words, Op. 53, No. 6 in A Major Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words, Op. 62, No. 6 "Frühlingslied"