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Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
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Wer ist denn draußen und wer klopfet an
composer
July 1898; subsequently published as No 9 of Des Knaben Wunderhorn (also called Humoresken)
author of text
Unbeschreibliche Freude, from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

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'Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (CDA67645)
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
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'The Ballad Singer' (CDA67830)
The Ballad Singer
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Track 5 on CDA67645 [7'14] Please, someone, buy me …

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
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In concert, the Wunderhorn songs are often performed by two singers, male and female, and the collection includes a number of dialogues, of which the most famous, Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen, is perhaps the emotional highpoint of the whole set. It has a direct ancestor in Kriegers Ahnung, one of the most compelling songs of Schubert’s Schwanengesang. Offstage military fanfares and drum beats set the scene, in which a girl is visited by her lover, or by his spirit, on the eve of battle. Whether he is already dead, or has a premonition of death next day, is not absolutely clear, but in either case the rapt tenderness of the encounter, and its foreboding, is unmistakeable, contrasting the tight-laced 2/4 of military duty with the lilting, dreamlike 3/4 of the lovers’ embrace.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2008

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