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FELIX MENDELSSOHN - COMPOSER

Zwölf Lieder mit Begleitung des Pianoforte, Op. 9, first edition, first issue by the composer in two  booklets, or hefts.  The well performed 12 lieder cycle contain 9 lieder by the composer and three by his sister Fanny in Heft II which are not attributed to her in print.  The two volumes are rarely available for sale as first editions together.

 

Berlin, Schlesinger’schen Buch und Musikhandlung, [1830] First edition in 2 Hefts (Booklets). Heft I, Der Jüngling, f., 13pp., engraved oblong folio, p.n. S. 1581 (1) Heft II Der Mädchen f., 13 pp., engraved, p.n. S. 1581.  Bears blind emboss, Schlesinger Buch u MusikHandlung on both, bottom left. Second Heft, hand written. Music for both starts on page 3. Hoboken 123/Cooper 238.

Mendelssohn’s 12 lieder song cycle containing lieds by various poets.  Listed below is the title to the lied and then the first few words. 

 

Heft I: 1. Frage (Ist ed wahr?), 2. Geständnis (Kennst du nicht Gluthverlangen), 3. Wartend: Romanze (Sie trug Falken auf ihrer Hand), 4. Im Frühling (Ihr frühlingstrunken Blumen), 5.  Im Herbst (Ach, wie schell die Tage fliehen), 6. Scheidend (Wie so gelinde der Fluth bewegt)

 

Heft II: 7. Sehnsucht (Fern und ferner schallt der Reigen), 8. Frühlingsglaube (Die linden Lüfte sind erwacht), 9. Ferne (In weite Ferne will ich träumen), 10. Verlust (Und wüssten’s die Blumen) 11. Entsagung (Herr, zu dir will ich mich retten) 12. Die Nonne (Im stillen Klostergarten).

Lieds, 7, 10, 12 contained in Heft II,  are composed by Fanny Mendelssohn.

 

Mendelssohn submitted the manuscript to Schlesinger on 21 February, 1830, he was 21 years of age.  Divided into two parts, the first subtitled, “Der Jüngling” (the Child) the second, “Der Mädchen” (the Girl). Mendelssohn’s teacher Adolf  Marx wrote when reviewing the cycle, that the attribution of the 1st lied Frage, is H. Voss, which in fact is untrue and the composer wrote the poem himself.  The second lied “contributed” by Voss, the 6th lied, “Scheidend” is also thought to be Mendelssohn’s own poetry as well.  Other poets who contributed to the cycle, Droysen, Klingemann, Uhland and Heine were all friends of the composer.  John Michael Cooper in his seminal A Guide to Research, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy mentions on page 239 that the 6th lied “Scheidend” also includes the opening measure theme of one of Mendelssohn’s seminal works, the Op. 27 concert overture, “Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt” - “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage.”

 

Overall in fine state, bound with archival strengthening to spine.