looking for recording of mendelssohn romanze (C mi?)

September 24, 2005 at 07:49 PM · i'm trying to find a recording of mendelssohn romanze (in C mi?). I am plying it for AMEB grade 3, but just can't get the time of the bars that have the triplets and 16th notes.

Any help is appreciated.


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October 15, 2005 at 01:24 PM · Hey there,

Just read your thread while I searched google for the same thing. Hope that you've found your recording, and if you did, I'd really appreciate your sharing the knowledge so I can enjoy it too.



October 15, 2005 at 10:38 PM · No success. I have trawled through countless violin adagio compilation albumns on amazon, looked up stacks of cd's of mend'ies compositions. I can't find anyone who has recorded the jolly thing. I'll continue, I wish you luck.


October 15, 2005 at 11:15 PM · sorry, I've just realised my mistake in the title. romanze is in G MINOR. I wasn't sure if it is in B flat or G minor, i'm still not sure how one tells, but figure since it resolves to a G, then its G minor.

October 16, 2005 at 12:46 AM · Would it be the Movement in G minor for violin and piano? If so, there is a Naxos CD with this piece in.

Mendelssohn - Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Release Date: 08/21/2001

Label: Naxos Catalog #: 8554725 Spars Code: DDD

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

Performer: Nicholas Milton, Nína-Margrét Grímsdóttir

Orchestra/Ensemble: Nomos Duo

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F minor, Op. 4

2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major (1838)

3. Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major (1820)

4. Movement for Violin and Piano in G minor

5. Andante for Violin and Piano in D minor

6. Fugue for Violin and Piano in D minor

7. Fugue for Violin and Piano in C minor

8. Allegro for Violin and Piano in C major

October 17, 2005 at 11:37 AM · thanks for the lead, Kenny, but no - that's not it. i have just spent another half hour reviewing the entire Naxos disc collection for mendelssohn, but still no luck. This is now my quest - to find a recording of this one piece!

October 17, 2005 at 01:13 PM · I've met Nicholas Milton - fabulous violinist and conductor, absolutely amazing

October 17, 2005 at 06:22 PM · Is that some kind of arrangement for violin? Because I've briefly looked through a Mendelssohn worklist, and although the people who drew that up said it's by no means complete, but it sounds rather odd if such a piece isn't on some kind of Mendelssohn "near" complete worklist, and the Board put it on for an exam...

Also... is it Felix or Fanny?

October 17, 2005 at 08:25 PM · It's transcribed from an early string quartet, either op.12 or 13 I think.

October 18, 2005 at 11:47 AM · Kenny, its Felix.

Sean, thanks. i think. i've just listened to the excerpts of ALL the string quartets on the Emerson String Quartet CD 'complete Mend str quartets'. The piece may well have been transcribed, if so it is unrecognizable in any of the excerpts - none of them seem to have even the same rhythm or mood.

Is there no-one who has just recorded the little piece I;m looking for. It goes like (4/4)

daa dada dada daaa daa

dadada dadada dadada

da da da daa

da dadadada

dadiddlydidada (that could be wrong. its one of the bars I'm having trouble with)

Look, maybe i could scan it in for someone good, and they could record it, and put it up on this website, I just wanna know how the difficult passages sound.

And my teacher has gone to Poland, so I can't ask her.


October 18, 2005 at 12:33 PM · The problem for transcription is, there may not be any recording being done for that, and the title Romanze could well be made up as well, it could have come from anything, such as a piano piece etc.

October 19, 2005 at 03:10 AM · Thanks again Kenny. when I first started learning this piece, it seemed kind of familiar and I think I have heard it somewhere. I can't recall if it was orchestral, chamber or some single instrument.

I don't think I'm going to find it. I'll go through everything on that naxos site and see how it goes.


October 21, 2005 at 05:53 AM · I'm off to my lesson in about 30 mins, and you can be sure I'm going to ask my teacher how it sounds and where it's from. It certainly does seem like it's transcribed from another piece, especially with the title 'romanze' and it's extreme elusiveness.

Anyhow... hope to be back later tonight to report on success!


October 21, 2005 at 06:24 AM · Hello Sharelle and others

Try http://www.musipedia.org/ in order to find which piece of music matches the melody (dadada-dada etc.) of that famous "Romance". I am rather sure it is an arrangement, maybe of a "Song without words" ("Romance sans paroles" in French)?

Good luck!


October 21, 2005 at 01:08 PM · Which bars are you having trouble with? I can send you a midi file if you'd like.


October 21, 2005 at 03:43 PM · I uploaded a link of "On Wings of Song/Music" by Mendelssohn onto my profile.

Is that the piece you are thinking of?


October 22, 2005 at 03:13 AM ·

October 23, 2005 at 04:21 AM · preston, no its not wings of song, that was in last grade's book. thankyou, pretty piece though.

Andrew, I'd like a midi of the whole thing if you can do it - I think I have figured out the timeing problem (bars 4, 10, 15 and 21 - if you have the AMEB transcription), you can see a pattern emerging with my problems here - all the problem bars have groups of 16th notes, with one set of triplets.

I have set the metronome to about 60, and play each 16th note at that tempo (its supposed to be played at crotchet = 60-66, so I'm only playing at a very slow tempo for now). but that seems to have worked.

Except now I'm up to the penultimate bar - that really throws me because I have no idea how to fit in the little run 0f 7 notes in the last count of the bar.


October 28, 2005 at 11:10 AM · I've got a midi file for you... howd u want me to get it to you?

October 29, 2005 at 06:14 AM · Thanks Andrew,

do midi files email? I've never really dealt with them other than downloading.

The 'upload to in concert' link on the welcome/log in box on this page would work too, but i guess that makes your midi available to all. If that doesn't worry you though.....

It would worry me if every one could hear how *I* am playing the piece, but that's a different story.

See what you think. I appreciate your time and effort.


October 31, 2005 at 01:29 PM · Hi Sharelle,

If you PM me your email address I'll send you it as an attatchment.


November 1, 2005 at 05:33 AM · thanks

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