Song without words (Ger. Lied ohne Worte; Fr. chanson, chant (or romance) sans paroles)
- Maurice J.E. Brown
- and Kenneth L. Hamilton
A short piece of a lyrical nature. It is thus like the romance, but unlike it in being confined to piano music. Liszt believed that Field’s nocturnes were the direct precursors of the song without words (and other lyrical Romantic character-pieces). The German form of the term was invented by Mendelssohn and is almost exclusively used of the 48 pieces in eight books that he composed between ...