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Six Mélodies favorites de La Belle Meunière de François Schubert, S565
composer
Die schöne Müllerin, D795 Nos 1, 19, 14, 17, 2 and 7
arranger
1846; first version

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 32 – The Schubert Transcriptions II' (CDA66954/6)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 32 – The Schubert Transcriptions II
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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No 1: Das Wandern
Track 8 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [2'01] 3CDs
Track 8 on CDS44501/98 CD73 [2'01] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 2: Der Müller und der Bach
Track 9 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [6'00] 3CDs
Track 9 on CDS44501/98 CD73 [6'00] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 3: Der Jäger
Track 10 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [0'39] 3CDs
Track 10 on CDS44501/98 CD73 [0'39] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 4: Die böse Farbe
Track 11 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [2'51] 3CDs
Track 11 on CDS44501/98 CD73 [2'51] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 5: Wohin?
Track 12 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [3'15] 3CDs
Track 12 on CDS44501/98 CD73 [3'15] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
No 6: Ungeduld. Second transcription
Track 13 on CDA66954/6 CD1 [2'17] 3CDs
Track 13 on CDS44501/98 CD73 [2'17] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Six Mélodies favorites de La Belle Meunière de François Schubert, S565
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Liszt had already made two transcriptions from Die schöne MüllerinTrockne Blumen and Ungeduld—when he produced his set of Six Mélodies favorites in 1846, in which the former does not appear and the latter is transcribed anew and in a different key. Liszt makes a palindromic key pattern by setting the pieces in B flat major, G minor, C minor/C major/C minor, G major and B flat major, even though this puts the narrative of the original quite out of order and changes Schubert’s keys for numbers 4 and 6—originally in B major and A major. But the musical argument is transcendent when the text is less germane.

Die schöne Müllerin (‘The Fair Mill-maid’, D795) is far too familiar to require much explanation. Liszt chooses numbers 1, 19, 14, 17, 2 and 7 from the original twenty settings of Wilhelm Müller: Das Wandern (‘Wandering’) is two verses shorter than the song expressing the poet’s joy in tramping about, but is delightfully varied. The conversation about the misery and the happy mystery of love, Der Müller und der Bach (‘The Miller and the Stream’) is extended by an extra variation to the last verse and is one of the finest of all Liszt’s transcriptions, so close does it get to letter and spirit of the song whilst writing inventively and originally at the same time. The two verses of Der Jäger (‘The Huntsman’)—in which the poet asks the hunter to keep away from the stream and shoot only that which frightens his loved one—are given a very sprightly decoration, and are set either side of the transcription of Die böse Farbe (‘The Evil Colour’). This is shorn of its short introduction and coda, but handled very ebulliently, with some treacherous double notes in the right hand to stress the pride and boldness of the lover’s preferred and mocking green.

Wohin? (‘Whither?’) solves the problem of adding the voice to the accompaniment by dividing the babbling brook which has attracted the poet’s attention between the inner fingers of the two hands, and occasionally by letting it wash the melody from above; and Ungeduld (‘Impatience’)—the poet is desperate to proclaim his love to the whole world—is set, like the first song, with one fewer verse than Schubert, in a theme and two variations. (For the later versions of these transcriptions, entitled Müllerlieder, see Volume 33.)

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1995

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