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Frühlingsnacht – Lied von Robert Schumann, S568

composer
Op 39 No 12
arranger
published 1872

 
Frühlingsnacht (‘Spring night’) is the final song in Schumann’s collection entitled Liederkreis, Op 39, and is another of the nearly 140 songs he wrote during 1840, the glorious ‘Year of Song’. In a letter to his beloved, Schumann wrote that this cycle contained ‘my most romantic music ever, with much of you in it, dearest Clara’. The Liederkreis is set to poetry by Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857).

The original accompaniment for this song is very virtuosic, at times almost overshadowing the vocal line. Liszt cleverly incorporates both, at times choosing to go only with the piano part. The original song is quite short; Liszt doubles the length of the piece by tacking on a sort of free improvisation the second time round. The triumphant feeling reached in the words ‘She is yours, is yours!’ is extended with a stringendo at the end, the music going right to the top of the keyboard.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2021

Recordings

Love songs
CDA68341RECORD OF THE MONTH Available Friday 2 July 2021
James Rhodes 5
Studio Master: SIGCD371Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
CDS44501/9899CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 15 - Song Transcriptions
CDA66481/22CDs

Details

Track 3 on CDA68341 [3'12] RECORD OF THE MONTH Available Friday 2 July 2021
Track 30 on CDA66481/2 CD2 [2'09] 2CDs
Track 30 on CDS44501/98 CD59 [2'09] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 14 on SIGCD371 [3'04] Download only

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