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Variations on 'Je suis encore dans mon printemps', Op 36
composer
theme by Nicholas Méhul (1763-1817)

Recordings
'Echoes of a Waterfall' (CDH55128)
Echoes of a Waterfall
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55128  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 11 on CDH55128 [5'40] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Variations on 'Je suis encore dans mon printemps', Op 36
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The celebrated violinist Louis Spohr (1784–1859) had studied the harp as a boy in his native Brunswick. In 1806 he married the harpist Dorette Scheidler and began writing for the instrument to great effect. The harp of Spohr’s day was a smaller instrument than is used now, and to allow for greater resonance, and lessen the possibility of breaking strings, he tuned Dorette’s harp a semitone lower than the normal pitch. He would then write the harp part in a flat key, and a violin part for himself in a sharp key a semitone lower. That is to say, the harp in E flat would be in perfect accord with the violin in D. The set of variations recorded here, on an air by the Paris opera composer Étienne Nicholas Méhul (1763–1817) was composed in 1807 and makes great technical demands on the performer.

from notes by Susan Drake © 1981

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55128 track 11
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-82-03811
Duration
5'40
Recording date
3 July 1981
Recording venue
Art Workers Guild, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Echoes of a Waterfall (CDA66038)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: April 1986
    Deletion date: January 2003
    Superseded by CDH55128
  2. Echoes of a Waterfall (CDH55128)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: January 2003
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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