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Alphorn, TrV64

First line:
Ein Alphorn hör’ ich schallen
1878; WoO29; dedicated to Franz Strauss
author of text

Richard Strauss was the son of a distinguished French horn player in Munich, Franz Strauss (1822-1905). Papa Strauss was a man of conservative musical tastes, and he would no doubt have been enchanted by this early work of his talented son—Ein Alphorn hör’ ich schallen—composed in 1876, and inscribed to ‘seinem lieben Papa’. The poet he chose to set was Justinus Kerner (1786-1862). We hear the alpine horn serenely reverberating over mountain and valley, with its simple call consisting of the broken chord of one major triad. The rather Schubertian spell is disturbed only by restless minor key music at verse 3, but the last lines restore the gentle mood. The idyllic freshness of the opening bars of this youthful effusion was something Richard Strauss never lost the ability to conjure up. For all his progressive harmonic daring, he was ever able to evoke the simplest bucolic nature-mood, for example in such late works (sixty or more years on) as Daphne, the Oboe Concerto or the Clarinet and Bassoon Concertino (1947).

from notes by Derek Watson © 2015


Strauss (R): The Complete Songs, Vol. 7 - Günter Haumer & Ruby Hughes
Studio Master: CDA68074Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The shepherd on the rock
Studio Master: SIGCD429Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 19 on CDA68074 [4'42]
Track 13 on SIGCD429 [4'41] Download only

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