Yours is a brilliant performance of the "Andante and Rondo Capriccioso". You bring a wonderful lyricism to the Andante and with your command of touch and nimble articulation, you achieve the light, pixie-like quality of the Rondo. Despite this being one of Mendelssohn's earliest piano pieces, it has endured as a masterwork. This rendition is a very fine accomplishment, Kaila.
Thank you so much for your encouragement. I was able to facilitate a higher level of expression through a more focused eye/hand coordination while practicing this piece.
I characterize the rondo as very pixie like, reminiscent of little mythological creatures going about. The interludes between the repeated rondo motif seem to tell a story about a place that is somewhat and earnestly carnavelsque with all kinds of artists, acrobats, performers and magicians busily working at their crafts.
Relaxation of the thumbs and the upper arm being very free in movement are in general very essential to playing Mendelssohn. I had a great time practicing this piece in fifteen minute intervals with a focus on the challenge at hand. Woke up this morning and ran to the piano with the Songs Without Words and cannot wait to devour this book.
Thanks again for your kind words,