When Mendelssohn learned from Nikolaus Simrock, his publisher, that he was going to receive additional fees for part of his "Romances without words", he was overwhelmed with thanks for this gift. However, he himself could probably not imagine the gift he made to posterity by bequeathing him his "Romances without words". From his lifetime, these "Original Melodies", "Romances" or "Pieces for the piano", which were not baptized "Romances without words" until later, were very successful. They are undoubtedly among the most rewarding pieces in 19th century piano literature. This collection contains all the "Romances without words" published during Mendelssohn's lifetime as well as posthumously.