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Strauss’s very first Lied—in fact his very first attempt at composition—was also a Christmas song, Weihnachtslied, to a poem by Schubart, most famous as the poet of Schubert’s Die Forelle. The six-year-old composer was just able to ‘paint in the notes’ (as he put it), but because he ‘could not write small enough’ the words were inscribed into the manuscript by his mother. Melody and accompaniment are both simple and unadorned, but the harmonization is far from elementary, with an unexpectedly touching modulation to G sharp minor at the end of the first couplet.
from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2015
aus dem Begleittext von Roger Vignoles © 2015
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel
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