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Scheiden und Meiden

First line:
Es ritten drei Reiter zum Thore hinaus, Ade!
composer
No 3 of Book III of Lieder und Gesänge 'aus der Jugendzeit'
author of text
Des Knaben Wunderhorn

 
In Scheiden und Meiden the breezy cheerfulness of its bright hobby-horse rhythms is offset, as so often in these poems, by a darker thread, as in the third stanza (Mahler doesn’t set the second stanza), where the theme of parting brings a reference to infant mortality (‘Es scheidet das Kind wohl in der Wieg’).

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2004

Was das Lied Scheiden und Meiden angeht, so wird die forsche Fröhlichkeit seiner heiteren Steckenpferd-Rhythmen wie so oft in diesen Gedichten mit einer dunkleren Thematik kontrastiert, wie etwa in der dritten Strophe (Mahler vertonte die zweite nicht), in der mit dem Thema des Scheidens auch auf die Kindersterblichkeit Bezug genommen wird („Es scheidet das Kind wohl in der Wieg“).

aus dem Begleittext von Roger Vignoles © 2004
Deutsch: Bettina Reinke-Welsh

Recordings

Mahler: Songs
CDA67392Last few CD copies remaining
Mahler: Songs of Youth
CDH55160

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Track 7 on CDA67392 [2'23] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 14 on CDH55160 [2'26]

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