'Moon's fair beam'

'Moon's fair beam'
Accession number: 
MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 101
Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

The German composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy wrote the music for Schilflied (or Reed Song) in 1842 to accompany lyrics by the poet Nikolaus Lenau. During a winter break in the Frankfurt area with his wife, Mendelssohn made a copy in his own hand and illustrated it with a watercolour that refers to the first line: ‘On the lake’s unruffled surface rests the Moon’s fair beam’. He presented the piece to the wife of a Frankfurt wine merchant.

(Frankfurt area, March 1845)