In Schilflied Mendelssohn sets to music lines by Nikolaus Lenau. The opening words, translated as ‘On the lake’s unruffled surface rests the moon’s fair beam’, are echoed in a watercolour by the composer, which drapes itself round the first bar of the score. Eventually included in the last set of Lieder Mendelssohn prepared for publication, the illustrated composition is a presentation copy prepared in Frankfurt in March 1845 for Henriette Keyl, the wife of a local wine merchant.
Excerpt from Mendelssohn’s Schilflied performed by Sophie Daneman (soprano) and Eugene Asti (piano). Reproduced by courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd.