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Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?
First line:
Dort oben am Berg in dem hohen Haus
composer
6 February 1892; subsequently published as No 4 of Des Knaben Wunderhorn (also called Humoresken)
author of text
Des Knaben Wunderhorn

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'Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (CDA67645)
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
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Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?
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Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht? is another moto perpetuo in 3/8 time, its yodelling semiquavers obviously deriving from its Alpine context (‘High in the mountain …’). Evidently not meant to be taken seriously, the mock-pathos of the middle section (‘Mein Herzle ist wund’) is underlined by Schubertian key-shifts to G major and C flat major, while the final page is enlivened by no fewer than seven consecutive top E flats on the line ‘Und wer das Liedlein nicht singen kann’.

from notes by Roger Vignoles 2008

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