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Edward, Op 1 No 1
First line:
Dein Schwert, wie ist's von Blut so rot?
composer
1818
author of text
traditional Scottish; Bishop Percy's 1765 collection Reliques of Ancient English Poetry
translator of text

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'Loewe: Songs & Ballads' (CDA67866)
Loewe: Songs & Ballads
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'The Ballad Singer' (CDA67830)
The Ballad Singer
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Edward, Op 1 No 1
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The text of 'Edward' is a translation of a grisly Scottish folk ballad from Bishop Percy’s 1765 collection Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. Wagner greatly admired Loewe’s setting, in the ‘extreme’ key of E flat minor, and far more powerful than Schubert’s surprisingly plain, muted treatment. Loewe gives each recurring cry of ‘Oh’ a psychologically revealing new twist, and reinforces the two most dramatic moments with a chilling harmonic coup: at Edward’s confession of murder (‘Ich hab’ geschlagen meinen Vater tot’), and at the hysterical final curse, where the turbulent piano conjures up a Wagnerian orchestra.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2011

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