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Rheinlegendchen

First line:
Bald gras ich am Neckar
composer
9 August 1893; subsequently published as No 7 of Des Knaben Wunderhorn (also called Humoresken)
author of text
Rheinischer Bundesring, from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

 
Rheinlegendchen is the most charming and delightful of the many Ländler among the Wunderhorn songs, so successful at its first performance that the audience demanded an encore. In addition to the inevitable harmonization in thirds and sixths, the piano interludes incorporate elements of folk-fiddle improvisation. An inspired descent to the subdominant, as the mower’s ring sinks into the waters of the Rhine, is the most graphic of a number of startling key-shifts in this otherwise apparently simple song.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2008

Rheinlegendchen ist der lieblichste und entzückendste der vielen Ländler in den Wunderhorn-Lieder und kam bei seiner Uraufführung so gut an, dass das Publikum seine Wiederholung verlangte. Abgesehen von der unvermeidlichen Harmonisierung in Terzen und Sexten, schließen die Klavierzwischenspiele Elemente volksmusikalischer Fiedelimprovisation ein. Ein inspirierter Abstieg in die Subdominante, wenn der Ring des Schnitters in das Wasser des Rheins fällt, ist die anschaulichste in einer Anzahl überraschender Verschiebungen in diesem sonst scheinbar simplen Lied.

aus dem Begleittext von Roger Vignoles © 2008
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

Recordings

Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
CDA67645

Details

Track 3 on CDA67645 [3'02]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67645 track 3

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-64503
Duration
3'02
Recording date
18 February 2007
Recording venue
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Recording producer
Teije van Geest
Recording engineer
Teije van Geest
Hyperion usage
  1. Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn (CDA67645)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: January 2008
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