Mariane Jung had the fine, eight-stringed guitar made by a famous guitarmaker during the Willemer family’s trip to Italy in 1811. The wreaths of oak leaves beside the bridge transform the Italian instrument into a German one. Mariane received instruction in Frankfurt from the guitarist Scheidler, gave private salon concerts, and in 1806 performed a concert before Empress Joséphine in Mainz. Already as a young girl she also played music with Clemens Brentano; in 1814 she met Goethe and sang his songs for him.