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The South Wind

First line:
When gently blows the South Wind
1899 to Heine's Die Lotosblume; revised 1908
author of text

The South Wind was originally composed in about 1899 as a setting of Heinrich Heine’s poem ‘Die Lotosblume’, but as Ives noted in 114 Songs he felt ‘the setting was unsatisfactory, and other words were written for it’. This was a new poem by Harmony Twichell, soon to become Ives’s wife, and the re-casting took place in 1908. Nevertheless 114 Songs prints the two texts as alternatives. Gravely expansive, this is one of Ives’s finest homages to the spirit of post-Brahmsian Romanticism.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008

The South Wind («Le vent du Sud») fut originellement composée vers 1899 sur «Die Lotosblume» de Heinrich Heine mais, comme le révèlent les 114 Songs, Ives sentit que «la mise en musique n’était pas satisfaisante et d’autres paroles furent écrites». Cette refonte eut lieu en 1908, avec un nouveau poème d’Harmony Twichell, qui allait bientôt épouser Ives. Reste que les 114 Songs présentent les deux textes, au choix. Solennellement expansive, cette œuvre constitue l’un des plus beaux hommages ivesiens à l’esprit du romantisme post-brahmsien.

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2008
Français: Hypérion

The South Wind wurde ursprünglich um 1899 als Vertonung von Heinrich Heines Gedicht „Die Lotosblume“ komponiert, aber wie Ives in 114 Songs bemerkt, fand er „die Vertonung unzulänglich und andere Worte wurden dafür geschrieben“. Diese Worte waren ein neues Gedicht von Harmony Twichell, die bald Ives’ Frau werden sollte, und die Neugestaltung fand 1908 statt. 114 Songs druckt jedoch beide Texte als Alternativen. Dieses gravitätisch-expansive Lied gehört zu Ives’ besten Huldigungen an den Geist der nach-Brahmsischen Romantik.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2008
Deutsch: Renate Wendel


Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs


Track 14 on CDA67644 [2'41]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67644 track 14

Recording date
20 February 2007
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Ives: Romanzo di Central Park & other songs (CDA67644)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: February 2008
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