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Liederstrauss
composer
May to June 1878
author of text

Recordings
'Wolf: Lieder nach Heine und Lenau' (CDH55389)
Wolf: Lieder nach Heine und Lenau
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55389  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
No 1: Sie haben heut' Abend Gesellschaft
Track 1 on CDH55389 [2'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 2: Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen
Track 2 on CDH55389 [2'22] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 3: Das ist ein Brausen und Heulen
Track 3 on CDH55389 [1'13] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 4: Aus meinen grossen Schmerzen
Track 4 on CDH55389 [1'23] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 5: Mir träumte von einem Königskind
Track 5 on CDH55389 [2'09] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 6: Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen
Track 6 on CDH55389 [1'22] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 7: Es blasen die blauen Husaren
Track 7 on CDH55389 [1'02] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Liederstrauss
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Wolf had first set Heine’s poetry in December 1876, when he was a student at the Vienna Conservatoire (he only lasted one year). He chose three poems from Heine’s Buch der Lieder, completing all three in five days. Two of the songs, Du bist wie eine Blume and Wenn ich in deine Augen seh’, are obviously in imitation of Schumann, even down to the enharmonic colouring of ‘Doch wenn du sprichst’ in the latter song. But in Mädchen mit dem roten Mündchen, there is more than a hint of the skill, as well as the originality, of the genius to come. With its scurrying piano part, it perfectly matches Heine’s repeated diminutives in a mood of happy infatuation that one also encounters in Mozart’s An Chloe.

By the summer of 1878, although the influence of Schumann was still strong, it was much more integrated. So much so that of the eight Heine songs he composed in May and June, Wolf collected seven into a Schumannesque little cycle titled Liederstrauss. The parallels with Dichterliebe are obvious, although now Wolf takes care to avoid any texts already set by Schumann. (Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen had of course been set by Schubert as Ihr Bild, and Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen would be set by Brahms seven years later as Meerfahrt.)

Sie haben heut’ Abend Gesellschaft is that staple Heine situation, the rejected lover denied access to the revels at which his beloved is making merry. With echoes also of Schumann’s Andersen song Der Spielmann, the lover’s disgust is apparent in the distorted rhythms of the accompanying Ländler, which whips itself into a bacchic frenzy at the end. The most imaginative part of Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen is the piano prelude: dreamily it weaves a handful of chromatic fragments until the singer enters, when they coalesce into the main melody of the song. In Das ist ein Brausen und Heulen, Wolf takes the words literally: the piano itself roars and howls in a tremolando of alternating hands, a device (borrowed from Schumann) that Wolf would later put to good effect in songs like the Mörike Begegnung. Aus meinen grossen Schmerzen, too, is a perfect piano miniature, with tiny wings fluttering throughout the pairs of right-hand semiquavers. In the voice part there is a nice twist in the sharpened note on ‘Lieder’ at the end of the second line, and a Heine-esque resignation in the final cadence ‘Was sie im Herzen schauten’. Mir träumte von einem Königskind is an exercise in a sublimated folksong style (the 6/8 metre fitting the ballad mode perfectly), while Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen again puts the imagery into the piano part, with its rocking bass and rippling right-hand demisemiquavers. The last song in this little cycle is an early example of one of Wolf’s favourite genres, the military miniature. With its bright little bugle calls adding spice to the veiled sarcasm of Heine’s text, Es blasen die blauen Husaren looks forward to songs like Sie blasen zum Abmarsch (Spanisches Liederbuch) and Ihr jungen Leute (Italienisches Liederbuch).

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2002

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Details for CDH55389 track 5
Mir träumte von einem Königskind
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-34305
Duration
2'09
Recording date
22 February 2002
Recording venue
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Recording producer
Teije van Geest
Recording engineer
Teije van Geest
Hyperion usage
  1. Wolf: Lieder nach Heine und Lenau (CDA67343)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: November 2002
    Deletion date: May 2009
    Superseded by CDH55389
  2. Wolf: Lieder nach Heine und Lenau (CDH55389)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: July 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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