Songs Without Words for flute sextet
Felix Mendelssohn wrote a series of Songs Without Words, which are short pieces evocative of his moods and the moods of nature. Two are combined here – Contemplation and Consolation. The first is melodious and mellow, perhaps evoking a thoughtful walk. The second suggests a more energetic setting, and is known to be one of his fizzier pieces. The flute family is well represented here, as the instrumentation ranges from piccolo down to bass flute. There are no major technical hurdles other than needed careful articulations.