BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van, 1770-1827

Drei Lieder nach Goethe. Mit einem Kommentar von
Helga Lühning

[Goethe Lieder, voice, piano, op.75, selection]

"Es war einmal ein König" (Göthes's Faust, op.75, no.1)

Veröffentlichungen des Beethoven-Hauses, III/13. Bonn, 1999. Oblong, 34 x 27 cm, 30 facs, 16 pp. Fine full-color halftone of the first three songs from “Sechs Gesänge mit Begleitung des Pianoforte”, op.75. The songs “Aus Göthe’s Faust” and “Neue Liebe, neues Leben” are autographs, while “Kennst du das Land” is in the hand of Therese Malfatti (with Beethoven additions); all date from around 1810. The autographs are legible fair copies, with the exception of several pages with substantial revisions and crossouts. We know that Beethoven was in love with the 18-year-old Malfatti (daughter of a wealthy landowner), and considered proposing to her; in a letter of 1810 he speaks of her “so schönes Talent” on the piano. The personal relationship makes these settings all the more poignant. Afterword in Ger. Wrappers with handsome dust jacket in light blue laid paper with printed title. $47  
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