Autograph Musical Manuscript Signed and Inscribed, “To Mr. Schmidt, as a friendly momento, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”, one page, oblong quarto, Leipzig, July 12, 1841.
In this unpublished manuscript, Felix Mendelssohn writes a part-song entitled “Standschen” (“Evening Serenade”) for two tenors and two basses, notated in brown-black ink on two hand-drawn systems each of two staves. With the tempo marking Andante, dynamics, and a few alterations and corrections. The words were written by the poet, Joseph Eichendorff.
Felix Mendelssohn set the poems of Eichendorff to music on two separate occasions, in 1839 and again in 1840. This piece, a love song, although quite reminiscent of at least one of the Eichendorff settings is not found in the printed sources. One of Mendelssohn’s musical colleagues was a conductor named Hans-Heinrich Schmidt. Perhaps this piece is inscribed to him. Mendelssohn, being a major musical force in nineteenth century Germany, might have been showing a new work to Schmidt hoping to attract the conductor’s interest in presenting it in concert. The male chorus format was frequently used by Felix Mendelssohn, especially when setting Eichendorff’s pastoral poems to music.
Framed with a bust-length portrait engraving of Mendelssohn in claret and gilt. The frame measures 22 1/2 inches wide by 13 3/4 inches high.
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