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Rethinking Mendelssohn$
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Benedict Taylor

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190611781

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190611781.001.0001

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‘Time Is, Time Was, Time Is Past’

‘Time Is, Time Was, Time Is Past’

Mendelssohn’s Songs of Travel

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(p.424) 18 ‘Time Is, Time Was, Time Is Past’
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Rethinking Mendelssohn
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Susan Youens

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190611781.003.0019

The Reiselied forms a distinct subcategory in Felix Mendelssohn’s song output. Of his more than seventy published songs, at least eleven speak primarily of departure, travelling, awareness of distance from loved ones, and homesickness. This chapter examines Mendelssohn’s experiences of journeying to other countries as expressed in his lively letters and the songs born of his meditations on the subject. In particular, it examines ‘Ferne’, with its archetypal traveller’s anxiety about relationships with those back home; the famous Heinrich Heine ‘Reiselied’; and one of the most poignant of Mendelssohn’s requiems for his sister Fanny, the Nikolaus Lenau song ‘Auf der Wanderschaft’, a restrained but raw expression of grief.

Keywords:   Felix Mendelssohn, travel, Reiselied, homesickness, ‘Ferne’, ‘Reiselied’, ‘Auf der Wanderschaft’, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

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