Mendelssohn – Krushev: “Songs without Words”. Transcriptions for Cello and Piano and for Two Cellos and Piano

This article examines Yovcho Krushev’s transcription of ten pieces of Felix Mendelssohn’s piano cycle “Songs without Words” (Lieder ohne Worte). Displayed is the way Krushev has “discovered” the cello and piano rendition concept; and how the cello is “heard” within context of the original piano score. For the sake of future performances, important artistic and practical guidance is explained too. The author of this article is the first performer of these transcriptions.