Mendelssohn's Song Without Words No. 3 (Op. 30) for Ukulele

For Solo (instrumental or vocal part)


Uploaded on Apr 20, 2019

The Songs Without Words ("Lieder ohne Worte" in German) are a collection of short, lyrical piano pieces written by Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn. Written between 1829 and 1845, Mendelssohn produced eight volumes, each containing six songs (making 48 in total). These pieces contributed to the greater output of piano pieces in the Romantic era, given the increasing popularity of the instrument in Europe through the 18th and 19th centuries.

This specific song, marked "Adagio non troppo," was published in Book 3, written between 1836 and 1837. This arrangement is written for Concert and Tenor ukuleles (though the Emaj arpeggios that bookend the piece can always be improvised on a Soprano) and with the C string tuned a half-step down to B. In addition, the recording and sheets assume a low-G tuning (the ukulele I played in writing the arrangement uses this tuning), though following the tablature will work perfectly with the standard re-entrant ukulele tuning. This arrangement is written so that the melodic line and harmonic line are separate, making it easier to learn. As a beginner, writing this helped with forming chords and playing fingerstyle (as some chords can't be played by simply strumming). Enjoy!

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Pages 2
Duration 02:19
Measures 28
Key signature 4 sharps
Parts 1
Part names Guitar
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