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Seufzer eines Ungeliebten und Gegenliebe, WoO188

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When Beethoven set Gottfried August Bürger’s (1748-1794) Seufzer eines Ungeliebten—Gegenliebe, WoO188, in 1794, he probably knew the simple settings by Johann Abraham Peter Schulz from the Lieder im Volkston of 1782, and yet the later composer adopts operatic airs and flourishes for the first poem, complete with dramatic recitative. The first words, “Wüßt’ ich”, of “Gegenliebe” become the musical bridge between the two Bürger poems, and no listener could fail to hear that the melody of the pendant song anticipates both the Choral Fantasy and the Ninth Symphony’s “Ode to Joy.” If the prosody leaves something to be desired, it is nonetheless fascinating that this melodic idea was brewing in Beethoven’s brain literally for decades and that the song’s impulse gave rise to the mighty symphony.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2008


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


Track 12 on SIGCD139 CD2 [6'16] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD139 disc 2 track 12

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 12
    Release date: October 2007
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