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Mendelssohn Bartholdy [Hensel], Fanny

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  • Mendelssohn Bartholdy [Hensel], Fanny
  • Unrecorded autograph manuscript of the song "Selmar und Selma", with a fine head-piece drawing by Wilhelm Hensel
  • paper, ink and pencil
setting of Klopstock's poem: "Weine du nicht, o die ich innig liebe", notated caligraphically in dark brown ink on three three-stave systems per page, with title, tempo and Klopstock's name above the first line of music in gold ink, with a fine head-piece illustration in pencil and wash by Fanny's husband Wilhelm Hensel (1794-1861)

2 pages, 4to (28.2 x 21.4cm), integral blank, green 10-lined manuscript paper, no place or date [1830s-1840s?], small ink blot to first page, light browning, a few small marks and stains, a few minute tears to edges, corners creased, tiny loss of paper to upper outer corner of integral


Renate Hellwig-Unruh, Fanny Hensel geb. Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Thematisches Verzeichnis der Kompositionen (Adliswil, 2000), p.209 (no. 230).

Catalogue Note

A hitherto unrecorded source.

This attractive song was composed on 4 March 1829 (source: D-B, MA Depos. Lohs 2, p.24). Fanny Mendelssohn, who, like her brother, had studied composition with Zelter, was the composer of at least 250 songs, some of which were mistakenly attributed to her brother. Klopstock's words were set by a number of composers, including Franz Schubert in 1815 (D. 286b). All other known sources for Fanny's song (two autographs and a copyist manuscript) are preserved in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. We gratefully acknowledge the kind assistance of Dr. Ralf Wehner in the cataloguing of this item.