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Aus Goethes Faust, Op 75 No 3
First line:
Es war einmal ein König
composer
mid 1790s; revised for publication in 1809
author of text

Recordings
'Beethoven: Songs' (CDA67055)
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Track 13 on CDA67055 [2'01]
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Aus Goethes Faust, Op 75 No 3
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This most indelibly memorable of all Beethoven’s songs – as well as the most overtly playful – sets the famous passage from Goethe’s Faust known as Mephistopheles’ ‘Song of the Flea’. The insect’s darting movements are brilliantly suggested by the registral hopping of the piano part, while the last verse screws up the mounting hysteria with a series of excited scratches culminating in the squashing of the flea right at the end.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1999

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Details for GAW21055 track 13
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-99-05513
Duration
2'01
Recording date
9 September 1998
Recording venue
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Recording producer
Teije van Geest
Recording engineer
Teije van Geest
Hyperion usage
  1. Beethoven: Songs (CDA67055)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: February 1999
  2. Beethoven: Songs (GAW21055)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: September 2003
    Last few CD copies remaining
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