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Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz
composer
No 1 of Book III of Lieder und Gesänge 'aus der Jugendzeit'
author of text
Des Knaben Wunderhorn

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'Mahler: Songs' (CDA67392)
Mahler: Songs
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Mahler: Songs of Youth
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Track 5 on CDA67392 [3'27] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 13 on CDH55160 [3'40] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz
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In Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz a young soldier finds himself on the way to the scaffold or the firing-squad for an unidentified crime. Here his crime is desertion, or at least going absent without leave, and the muffled drums and tight military rhythms that represent his captivity are in eloquent contrast to the freedom inherent in the alphorn, whose nostalgic call had caused him to desert his post in the first place. (Mahler directs the introduction to be played Wie eine Schalmei – ‘like a shawm’.)

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2004

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