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Der Wanderer

First line:
Die Straßen, die ich gehe
composer
1831; previously thought to be by Friedrich Wieck or Robert Schumann
author of text

 
This is rather a stirring piece of music and a challenging sing. The accompaniment is made up almost entirely of restless repetitions of a single motif – right-hand semiquaver triplets falling to a quaver; the left hand, mainly in octaves, is made up of striding quavers. There is nothing here of the melancholy trudge in Schubert’s Der Wanderer an den Mond, much less of the majesty in the same composer’s famous Der Wanderer or Winterreise. The music achieves a vehemence (with a high A) that is not really appropriate to the protagonist’s state of mind; one can sense how the piece of music has developed almost independently of the text. This traveller, despite being allowed a final cadential flourish, is scarcely allowed to think about his feelings – in short, the piece moves too relentlessly for the introspection of the poem. There are some awkward corners where the harmonic progressions are not entirely convincing, but if this is indeed the work of a young teenager she shows that she already has a strong and determined personality.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2003

Recordings

Schumann: Songs
CDH55275Archive Service
Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 8 – Christopher Maltman, Jonathan Lemalu & Mark Padmore
CDJ33108Download currently discounted

Details

Track 27 on CDH55275 [1'45] Archive Service
Track 9 on CDJ33108 [1'45]

Track-specific metadata for CDJ33108 track 9

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-10809
Duration
1'45
Recording date
15 December 2002
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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