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Rote Rosen, TrV119
First line:
Weißt du die Rose, die du mir gegeben?
1883; WoO76; written for Lotti Speyer; rediscovered in 1958; first performed in 1959 by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Gerald Moore
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Rote Rosen, TrV119
In the summer of 1883 the nineteen-year-old Strauss paid a ten-day visit to Bad Heilbrunn, near Munich, where he encountered Lotti Speyer, the daughter of a Frankfurt lawyer and granddaughter of a well-known song composer, Wilhelm Speyer. She made enough of an impression on Strauss for him to compose a song especially for her, sending it off with two further songs, Die erwachte Rose and Begegnung. All three remained unknown and in manuscript for seventy-five years until their chance discovery in 1958 led to their publication and first performance in 1959, by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Gerald Moore. Rote Rosen, the one song actually composed for Lotti, shares features with the Opus 10 songs composed that same year: the flowing triplet accompaniment is not unlike that of Die Georgine (another flower song), while its more passionate middle section has something of the idiom of Geduld. And like Allerseelen it seems to start (and in this case end) as if in mid-sentence.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2012

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