On the Cover

Color image of the cover of the magazine, hands on a piano with text

The photo—taken by Lauren Castellana ’13, director of photographic services—captures the mystery and drama inherent in the discovery of 90-year-old music (composed by Felix Mendelssohn's grandson) that crossed an ocean to escape the Nazis—and through a chance meeting—resulted in a new CD.

In the photo, taken in Kaplan Hall, piano professor Eva Mengelkoch sits at the Bösendorfer piano on which she recorded the accompaniment to the CD, Songs for Lena. In front of Mengelkoch are photos of Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy, the music's composer; Lena Schoch, Mendelssohn Bartholdy's muse; and a copy of a poem written by Mendelssohn Bartholdy.