Joseph Prestamo

composer and pianist

 

Felix Mendelssohn wrote eight books of short piano pieces entitled Lieder Ohne Worte (Songs Without Words). These modest little piano pieces enchanted me as a child. Without any context to understand the title, I always imagined that the songs had not been given words because the pieces carried a special meaning that couldn’t be put into words. The piano was my first love, and I return to it often when I am at a loss for words. So, taking a cue from Mendelssohn, I have written my first Song Without Words. It was begun on November 9, 2016.