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Als die Geliebte sich trennen wollte, WoO132

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The words of Als die Geliebte sich trennen wollte (Empfindungen bei Lydiens Untreue), WoO132 of 1806 (?), are still ascribed in older editions to Frédéric Soulié as translated by Beethoven’s friend Stephan von Breuning, but Soulié was born in 1800 and could not have written an erotic lament at six years of age or even nine years (the song was published in 1809). We now know that it was François Benoît Hoffmann (1760-1828) who wrote the poem “Je te perds, fugitive espérance”, rendered into German by Breuning. Love obsessed with Time, with what “remains eternal” and what is forgotten, is the subject here, and Beethoven knew to intensify the words “bleibt ewig” and “vergessen” harmonically. Rejection in love was, sadly, something the composer knew well by this point, in the wake of futile attractions to Jeanette d’Honrath in Bonn, Eleonore von Breuning, Magdalena Willmann, Giulietta Guicciardi and Giulietta’s cousin Josephine von Brunsvik née Deym, and more pain of the same sort would follow after this song was printed.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2008


Beethoven: Lieder und Gesänge
Studio Master: SIGCD139Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on SIGCD139 CD2 [3'29] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD139 disc 2 track 7

Recording date
19 March 2008
Recording venue
Warehouse, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John H West
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
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  1. Beethoven: Lieder und Gesänge (SIGCD139)
    Disc 2 Track 7
    Release date: October 2007
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