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Q: Music of Mendelssohn ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Music of Mendelssohn
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: keniom-ga
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Posted: 03 Jan 2005 02:24 PST
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Question ID: 450841
What is the earlier nickname given to Medelssohn's Song Without Words
in A ( often called Spring Song)
Subject: Re: Music of Mendelssohn
Answered By: markj-ga on 03 Jan 2005 05:17 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
keniom --

According to various online sources, the earlier nickname given to
Mendelssohn's "Spring Song," Op.62, No. 6 was "Camberwell Green." 
Here are direct links to two of those sources, followed by a link to
Google search results that will lead you to others:

This first link is to an interesting account of the circumstances
under which the piece was written, which begans this way:

"The Spring Song Op 62 No 6 was once known as 'Camberwell Green'
because this Song without Words was written at Denmark Hill in
Camberwell where his wife's aunt Mrs Benecke lived .  .  .  . ."

Classicalmidi: Felix Mendellsohn

And here is a link to a site that corroborates this information:

"Erde, Loge and Feuermusik (Fire Music) refer to Wagner's Ring of the
Niebelungen and Spring Song evokes Mendelssohn's visits to my own
London neighbourhood (it was originally called Camberwell Green but
Mendelssohn's publishers thought that a poor title for the hit they
had on their hands)."

Tom Phillips: Essays & Exhibitions: Drawings on Music

Finally, here is a link to a Google search that will lead you to other
references to "Camberwell Green" and "Spring Song":

"spring song"  "camberwell green"

Additional Information:

As you probably know, "Spring Song" may be best known as the
archetypical "damsel in distress" music  from the silent movie era. 
For the benefit of interested readers of this thread who may not know
that, here is a link to an page with an audio clip (at Disk
1, Track 4): Favorite Piano Pieces

Search Strategy:

I found the information using this Google search:

mendelssohn "spring song" originally

I then conducted other Google searches to corroborate the information
and to gain reasonable confidence that there was no contradictory
online information.  Here is just one of those searches:

"spring song" camberwell"

I am confident that this is the information you are seeking.  If
anything is unclear, please ask for clarification before rating the

keniom-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
A prompt response - Thank you.

Subject: Re: Music of Mendelssohn
From: pinkfreud-ga on 03 Jan 2005 02:53 PST
How about "Altdeutsches Frühlingslied" ("Old German Spring Song")?

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