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Erinnerung
First line:
Was will die einsame Träne?
composer
1841
author of text
1827; Buch der Lieder; Mendelssohn sets only verses 1, 2 and 4

Recordings
'Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 4' (CDA67739)
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 4
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Erinnerung
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Erinnerung is Mendelssohn’s name for an untitled and very popular poem from Heine’s Buch der Lieder: ‘Was will die einsame Träne?’ has attracted at least seventy-five composers, including Robert Schumann. Mendelssohn set only verses 1, 2 and 4 of the poem. After the initial stanza about the single tear that lingers in the sorrowful eye, a catalogue of disappearing acts follows: all the other tears in stanza 2, the beloved’s star-like blue eyes in stanza 3, and love itself in the final stanza, with Mendelssohn omitting the third verse.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009

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