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Ein Selbstgespräch, WoO114

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In 1822, Beethoven made a list of earlier unpublished compositions that he clearly wanted to bring out in print, including Ein Selbstgespräch, WoO 114, his only setting of a poem by Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim (1719-1803), known as 'Father Gleim'. Of the songs on the composer’s list, only Der Kuß was published before his death. Like that delightfully saucy work, this too is an idyll in the groves of Eros, its Anacreontic persona someone who formerly scorned love—but now, to his great surprise, finds himself in love with Doris. In fact, he is so stunned by this novel experience that he repeats his musical bemusement over and over again to deliciously comic effect. The vault of a tenth at the word 'glaube' ('I believe I love Doris') will make anyone who remembers the combined exultation and touch of disbelief ('Who, me?') in new love smile. Beethoven milks the playful excess for all it is worth, including a dramatic measure of silence before the final proclamation 'that I love'.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009


Beethoven: Lieder und Gesänge
Studio Master: SIGCD145Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 8 on SIGCD145 [3'50] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD145 track 8

Recording date
3 May 2008
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, Deptford, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John H West
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
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  1. Beethoven: Lieder und Gesänge (SIGCD145)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: January 2009
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