'LOST' MENDELSSOHN WORK TO BE AUCTIONED

May 06, 2014

By Scott Walker

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A song written by Felix Mendelssohn has been heard in public for the first time since it disappeared 140 years ago.

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British vocalist Amy Williamson gave the first public performance of Mendelssohn’s The Heart of Man is Like a Mine on the BBC. It was written in 1842 as a private commission, never published, and never performed.

The song is 29 bars long, written in A-flat major for alto voice and piano.

It has changed hands a couple of times. The last known sale was at auction in 1872. It then disappeared for 140 years before surfacing in a private collection in the United States. Christies of London will auction it off later this month. It’s expected to sell for up to $40,000.

 

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