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Musical Moment: Listen to ‘Song Without Words’ in D major Op.109 in tribute to Felix Mendelssohn’s 212th birthday

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Felix Mendelssohn wrote his exquisite “Song Without Words” for cello and piano around 1845, but it was only published for the first time after his death in 1847. Since then, it has become a favourite in the chamber music repertoire.

Fraser Jackson, who plays both contrabassoon and bassoon for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), chose to honour Mendelssohn’s 212th birthday (Feb. 3) by playing it on bassoon, with his wife Monique de Margerie on piano.

During the summer months, Jackson and de Margerie spent many afternoons giving impromptu “porch concerts” from the front steps of their home in Parkdale to the delight of their friends and neighbours. Today’s Musical Moment is a virtual extension of one of those concerts that the couple hope to resume once the weather and gathering restrictions allow.

Felix Mendelssohn wrote his exquisite “Song Without Words” for cello and piano around 1845, but it was only published for the first time after his death in 1847. SInce then, it has become a favourite in the chamber music repertoire.

Musical Moment, produced by the TSO and the Star, features musicians recording themselves live at home, performing pieces no longer than three minutes. The new video will be posted every Thursday at thestar.com/musicalmoments

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