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Sechs Melodien von Franz Schubert, S563
composer
1844
composer
No 2: D191b; No 3: D871b; No 4: D795/18; No 5: D795/7; No 6: D550d

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
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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No 1: Lebe wohl!
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No 2: Mädchens Klage
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No 3: Das Sterbeglöcklein 'Das Zügenglöcklein'
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No 4: Trockne Blumen
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No 5: Ungeduld. First transcription
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No 6: Die Forelle. First version
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Sechs Melodien von Franz Schubert, S563
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When Liszt issued his Sechs Melodien von Franz Schubert in 1844, he was as unaware as most of the musical world at the time that the first song which he transcribed was a misattribution to Schubert. The piece is nevertheless offered here to keep Liszt’s collection intact, and the obscurity into which it would fall if listed as a song by its true author is reason enough to preserve its quite Schubertian beauty in the noble context which Liszt intended. Lebe wohl! (‘Fare well!’) was composed by Hans von Weyrauch, who was born, as the excellent Neue Liszt-Ausgabe informs us, in 1788, and who wrote the song as Nach Osten! (‘To the East!’) in 1824, but it was reissued in 1843 with new words (by Branger) as Adieu and translated as ‘Lebe wohl!’ under Schubert’s name. (It is still published by Schirmer in one of their collections of Schubert Songs!) The simple text bids farewell to a dead loved one, and Liszt’s transcription retains simplicity, even though the texture of the accompaniment is greatly varied over the two verses of the song. The Schiller song Des Mädchens Klage (‘The Maiden’s Lament’, D191b) brings us to Schubert proper, and a complex transcription cast as a theme and variations dramatically depicting the maiden’s discovery, having lived and loved a little, that sorrow and tears follow hard on the heels of joy. Das Zügenglöcklein, D871b—the title which Liszt knew, Das Sterbeglöcklein, amounts to the same thing—is a strophic prayer for the unknown dead being tolled by a distant bell. Again Liszt sets the work as a theme and variations of great refinement and intricacy. Trockne Blumen (‘Dried Flowers’, D795/18) comes from Die schöne Müllerin. The poet speaks to a few dead flowers which were the only gift he had had from his beloved. If the flowers were buried in his grave, and if she realized that his feelings had been true, then the flowers would spring to life again. Liszt’s arrangement (in C minor, rather than Schubert’s E minor) is quite straightforward, and the hope of the second part of the song is accentuated by his placing the material octaves higher than the original. Ungeduld, D795/7 is also from Schwanengesang and is Liszt’s first transcription of the piece (in F major rather than Schubert’s A major) and, like the second transcription, is a theme and variations one verse shorter than the original. Curiously, it approches the business of conveying the poet’s impatient passion in quite a different way from the later transcription, and adds a short, extremely blue. coda. Finally, Die Forelle, D550d, is given a full-blooded concert transcription.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1995

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Details for CDS44501/98 disc 75 track 16
No 4: Trockne Blumen
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-95616
Duration
3'05
Recording date
27 June 1994
Recording venue
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Recording engineer
Tryggvi Tryggvason
Hyperion usage
  1. Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 32 – The Schubert Transcriptions II (CDA66954/6)
    Disc 3 Track 16
    Release date: April 1995
    3CDs Please, someone, buy me …
  2. Liszt: Complete Piano Music (CDS44501/98)
    Disc 75 Track 16
    Release date: February 2011
    99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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