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Des Mädchens Klage
First line:
Der Eichwald brauset, die Wolken ziehn
composer
published in London in 1866 as The Maiden's Lament
author of text
from Act 3 of Die Piccolomini

Recordings
'Mendelssohn: On wings of song' (CDH55150)
Mendelssohn: On wings of song
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55150  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 5' (CDA67753)
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 5
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £10.50 CDA67753  2CDs for the price of 1  
Details
Track 4 on CDA67753 CD1 [2'11] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 19 on CDH55150 [1'44] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Des Mädchens Klage
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Friedrich von Schiller’s (1759–1805) words for Des Mädchens Klage come from Act 3 of Die Piccolomini, the second play in Schiller’s trilogy of dramas about Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein, the Bohemian generalissimo of the Habsburg armies during the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648), a terrifying creature who was wont to kill all the dogs and cats upon entering a town. Max, the son of Wallenstein’s lieutenant Octavio Piccolomini, and Wallenstein’s daughter Thekla fall in love, despite the enmity between their families; parted from Max, Thekla sings this famous lament. Schubert wrestled with it three times (D6, D191 and D389, the second setting being the most famous), but Mendelssohn engaged the words only once; his harmonically rich song was published posthumously as The Maiden’s Lament in London in 1866.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2010

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