SCHUMANN, Robert, 1810-1856

Dichterliebe, opus 48. Liederkreis aus Heinrich Heines Buch der Liede
 Faksimile nach dem Autograph in der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz. Mit einem Geleitwort von Brigitte Fassbaender
Herausgegeben und mit einer Einführung von Elisabeth Schmierer




detail of first song, "Im wunderschönen Monat Mai"


Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile, 9. Laaber, 2005. Oblong, 4°, 14, 44 pp. Full-color facsimile of the fascinating autograph score issued on the occasion of “Schumann Year 2006”. Dichterliebe (”Poet’s Love”), a cycle of 20 settings on poetry by Heinrich Heine (“Book of Songs”), is undoubtedly Schumann’s masterpiece of song writing. It was written in the short period of a week, during what is called Schumann’s “year of songs”, 1840 (the same year as the Eichendorff Songs, op.30, Myrten, op.25, Frauenliebe und -leben, op.42 and Heine-Liederkreis op.24). Schumann follows the pattern established in Beethoven's "An die ferne Geliebte" in creating unity essentially by musical means (e.g., beginning and ending the entire collection with similar tonal gestures, or having tonal cadences in one song resolved only in the next). Schumann also grasps the "through-composition" style, overlaying the poetry with strictly compositional devices, ones not suggested by the content or structure of the poem. Writers have commented on how effectively in this cycle he makes the poet speak, cry out, rage, plead, and whisper. Contents: "Im wunderschönen Monat Mai; "Aus meinen Tränen sprießen", "Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne", "Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'", "Dein Angesicht, so lieb und schön", "Lehn' deine Wang' an meine Wang'", "Ich will meine Seele tauchen", "Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome", "Ich grolle nicht", "Und wüßten's die Blumen, die kleinen", "Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen", "Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen", "Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen", "Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen", "Es leuchtet meine Liebe", "Meine Wagen rollet langam", "Ich hab' im Traum geweinet", "Allnächtlich im Traume", "Aus alten Märchen winkt es", and "Die alten, bösen Lieder". The songs were first performed by Julius Stockhausen, accompanied by Johannes Brahms. A wonderful gift for any Schumann lover. Handsome bibliophile edition with commentary in Ger-Eng, Hardbound, with decorative paper boards. $110 (view other volumes from this series)


                   
             
Schumann, Dichterliebe, 2
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