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Weihnachtslied, TrV2

First line:
Schlaf' wohl, du Himmelsknabe du
composer
1870; WoO2
author of text

 
Strauss’s very first Lied—in fact his very first attempt at composition—was 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

Strauss’ allererstes Lied—und allererster Kompositionsversuch—war das Weihnachtslied, dem ein Gedicht des Urhebers der Forelle, Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart, zugrunde liegt. Der sechsjährige Komponist konnte nur die Noten „malen“, wie er sich ausdrückte, und da er nicht klein genug schreiben konnte, trug seine Mutter den Text in das Manuskript ein. Melodie und Begleitung sind schlicht und unverziert, die Harmonisierung ist jedoch alles andere als einfach—am Ende des ersten Couplets erklingt etwa eine unerwartet anrührende Modulierung nach gis-Moll.

aus dem Begleittext von Roger Vignoles © 2015
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 7
CDA68074To be issued soon 30 March 2015 Release
Strauss: Songs
CDH55202

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Track 2 on CDA68074 [1'00] To be issued soon 30 March 2015 Release
Track 19 on CDH55202 [1'53]

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