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Der Schildwache Nachtlied
First line:
Ich kann und mag nicht fröhlich sein
28 January 1892; subsequently published as No 1 of Des Knaben Wunderhorn (also called Humoresken)
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Des Knaben Wunderhorn

'Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (CDA67645)
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
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Der Schildwache Nachtlied
Haunting in its atmosphere is Der Schildwache Nachtlied. Here it is a soldier on sentry-go who has to resist the blandishments of an alluring female. With increasing vehemence (and even military bravado) he proclaims his devotion to duty, but the allure of her voice continues to ring in his (and our) ears through the extraordinary harmonies and textures in which Mahler clothes the final bars of the song.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2008

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