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Der Leiermann

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Drüben hinter’m Dorfe
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Though almost forgotten, Banck was a critic (on Schumann’s team at the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik), a singing teacher, and one of the foremost song-composers of the 1830s. He was born in Magdeburg and studied in Berlin with Bernhard Klein, Berger and Zelter. He was a famous editor of early music publishing editions of such composers as Scarlatti and Martini. In some of his songs he shows just how aware he is that he was working in a post-Schubertian world. His 1837 cycle Des Müllersburschen Liebesklage in Mond und Morgenliedern (‘The Miller Lad’s Love-Laments in Moon and Morning Songs’) takes Die schöne Müllerin as its inspiration, and his Des Leiermanns Liederbuch (1838/9) takes up the thread of the story of Winterreise where Schubert and Müller leave off—a kind of sequel, or Winterreise II. As a bridging song between Schubert’s world and the late 1830s, Banck sets Müller’s text again with an unashamed bow to the original—as if he were making an arrangement of a folk song. This shows how Schubert’s music was perceived by those composers who were neither his friends, nor true contemporaries—it was now a fact of life, an imperishable given, a classic. The image of the frozen hurdy-gurdy player from Winterreise was one that now belonged safely, if disturbingly, to the history of song.

comparative Schubert listening:

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
CDJ33051/33CDs

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Track 26 on CDJ33051/3 CD3 [2'22] 3CDs
Track 26 on CDS44201/40 CD40 [2'22] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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