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Erschaffen und Beleben, Op 87 No 2
First line:
Hans Adam war ein Erdenkloß
1922; written for and originally dedicated to Michael Bohnen; published with the three Rückert settings of Op 87 in 1945 with a new dedication to Hans Hotter
author of text
West-östlicher Divan

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Erschaffen und Beleben, Op 87 No 2
The odd man out in the Opus 87 group, Erschaffen und Beleben was composed in 1922 as a vehicle for Michael Bohnen, a bass at the Berlin Opera, to whom Strauss dedicated it ‘with utmost admiration and esteem’. However he subsequently (in 1945) re-dedicated it to Hans Hotter, packaging it together with the three Rückert songs, perhaps in order to provide some kind of light relief—the scherzo, as it were, of a four-movement song sonata.

A rumbustious drinking-song from Goethe’s West-östlicher Divan (also set by Hugo Wolf), it is characterized by enormous leaps in the vocal line, and comic effects such as the sneezes in the piano part as the Almighty breathes life into the recumbent ‘Hans Adam’, and the rising vocal arpeggios that depict the fermenting of yeast in the barrel. ‘Hafiz’ was the nom-de-plume of the medieval poet Shams-ud-din Mohammed, who habitually signed off with a reference to himself, and the final coda is a hymn of praise both to his poetry and to the life-giving properties of alcohol.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2009

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Details for CDA67667 track 17
Recording date
11 January 2008
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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