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Verlorne Müh
First line:
Büble, wir wollen ausse gehe
1 February 1892; subsequently published as No 2 of Des Knaben Wunderhorn (also called Humoresken)
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Des Knaben Wunderhorn

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Verlorne Müh
Verlorne Müh is a unequal contest. Here the music is outright caricature, the girl’s wheedling Ländler-rhythms and lachrymose grace notes becoming ever more extreme, and the boy’s brushoff increasingly peremptory. But remove just a little of the acid, and the song could have come straight from the pen of Johann Strauss.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2008

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