Spohr’s opera Zemire und Azor
had already been unkindly relegated to history when Liszt made his simple transcription of its best-loved romance
, and so the piano arrangement is often catalogued amongst Liszt’s song transcriptions. Many a collector of 78rpm gramophone records or transfers therefrom will be familiar with Die Rose
as ‘Rose softly blooming’—which was in its day a ubiquitous parlour song.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 1992