Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Rethinking Mendelssohn$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Benedict Taylor

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190611781

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190611781.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 22 January 2022

‘Time Is, Time Was, Time Is Past’

‘Time Is, Time Was, Time Is Past’

Mendelssohn’s Songs of Travel

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

Susan Youens

Oxford University Press

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

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .