So Mendelssohn composed Des Knaben Wunderhorn?

So Mendelssohn composed Des Knaben Wunderhorn?


norman lebrecht

March 17, 2021

Naxos is about to release a recording of the poems that Gustav Mahler made famous.

Only this cycle is by Mendelssohn – Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy, the composer’s grandson. Albrecht was a political scientist wh was forced into exile by the Nazis. He died in Oxford in 1936.

You can listen to an excerpt here.



  • Ned Keane says:

    Sounds like he’d been listening to a lot of Schubert….

  • christopher storey says:

    Ned Keane : I was going to say Schumann !

  • Zandonai says:

    Mendelssohn also wrote the prelude music of Das Rheingold, just fyi.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    Next it will turn out he also wrote “Pierrot Lunaire”!

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Son, you’re no Mahler. Then again, who is!

  • BruceB says:

    So many composers have written songs to the same texts over the years that while I had never heard of this one, it’s hardly a surprise. (I had the idea that the “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” poems were already famous before Mahler set some of them to music. Maybe I’m mistaken.)

    All those Masses and Te Deums and things use the same texts, after all.