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Another, more personal situation fed into the tenderness and sorrow of these songs: Korngold was in love with Luzi von Sonnenthal, a young actress from an important Viennese family of thespians, whom he eventually married in 1924; the match initially met with intense disapproval from both families, though, and for some time the pair were forbidden to see each other. The farewell of Korngold’s title is not only to Vienna but to Luzi, for whom he coined a symbolic ‘signature’ motif that appears in the first song. The Abschiedslieder as a whole bring together disparately written texts on the theme of death, love and farewell, beginning with Christina Rossetti’s famous Requiem. The melody of Mond, so geh’st du wieder auf also appears in Korngold’s Piano Quintet, where it forms the basis of the slow movement.
from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2008
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