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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

 
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

Le texte de Friedrich von Schiller (1759–1805) pour Des Mädchens Klage est tiré du troisième acte de Die Piccolomini, deuxième pièce de la trilogie dramatique de Schiller sur Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein, le généralissime bohémien des armées Habsbourg pendant la Guerre de Trente Ans (1618–1648), créature terrifiante qui avait coutume de tuer tous les chiens et tous les chats en entrant dans une ville. Max, fils du lieutenant de Wallenstein, Octavio Piccolomini, et la fille de Wallenstein, Thekla, tombent amoureux, malgré l’hostilité qui règne entre leurs familles; séparée de Max, Thekla chante cette célèbre complainte. Schubert s’est débattu avec elle à trois reprises (D6, D191 et D389, la seconde étant la plus célèbre), mais Mendelssohn n’a mis qu’une seule fois ce texte en musique; son lied, riche sur le plan harmonique, a été publié à titre posthume à Londres, en 1866, sous le titre The Maiden’s Lament.

extrait des notes rédigées par Susan Youens © 2010
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Friedrich von Schillers (1759–1805) Worte von Des Mädchens Klage stammen aus dem dritten Akt der Piccolomini, dem zweiten Stück in Schillers Wallenstein-Trilogie. Max, der Sohn eines Vertrauten Wallensteins, Octavio Piccolomini, und Wallensteins Tochter Thekla verlieben sich trotz der Feindseligkeit zwischen ihren Familien ineinander; Thekla besingt in diesem berühmten Klagelied ihre Trennung von Max. Schubert verarbeitete es dreimal (D. 6, D. 191 und D. 389, wobei die zweite Vertonung die berühmteste ist), doch Mendelssohn vertonte die Worte nur einmal; sein harmonisch reichhaltiges Lied wurde 1866 posthum als The Maiden’s Lament in London herausgegeben.

aus dem Begleittext von Susan Youens © 2010
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Mendelssohn: On wings of song
CDH55150
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 5
CDA677532CDs 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]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55150 track 19

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-66619
Duration
1'44
Recording date
11 March 1993
Recording venue
Studio 3, Bayerische Rundfunk, Munich, Germany
Recording producer
Helene Steffan
Recording engineer
Gerhard von Knobelsdorff
Hyperion usage
  1. Mendelssohn: On wings of song (CDA66666)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: February 1994
    Deletion date: March 2004
    Superseded by CDH55150
  2. Mendelssohn: On wings of song (CDH55150)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: March 2004
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