Lieder Ohne Worte: for piano solo

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[programme note]

These three short piano pieces are reflections on Schubert's cycle. In their way, they are songs too: the first, a recitation; the second, port-a-beul (dancing nonsense rhymes); the third a long lyrical aria.

'Der Dichter, als Prolog' borrows its title from the first of Müller's Die schöne Müllerin poems (which Schubert chose not to set). Like Müller's text, it presents an external speaker introducing the world of the song cycle, the forest, the brook, and distant horn calls.

The second piece continues directly from the triumphant 'Mein!', the over-exuberant repetition of key phrases from this song perhaps suggesting that the miller's cry, “die geliebte Müllerin ist mein! ist mein!” is more a delusional demand than a celebratory acknowledgement.

In 'Pause', the tenor sings “Ich kann nicht mehr singen, mein Herz ist zu voll” (I can sing no more, my heart is too full). The third piano solo, which follows immediately, takes this line as its basis: the idea of a heart filling with song to the point of overflowing.

Lieder ohne Worte are dedicated with great affection to John Reid, and their commission was generously supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherFaber Music Ltd.
Media of outputScore
Size15 pages (c. 10 minutes)
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventCabrillo Festival - recital by Timothy Andres - Cabrillo, CA, USA, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Sept 2012 → …

Bibliographical note

Commissioned by John Reid with funding from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust

First performed on 19th September 2010 by John Reid as part of 'Die Schöne Müllerin' with Nicholas Mulroy, tenor, at the Chelsea Schubert Festival, in Holy Trinity Church, Chelsea

Subsequent performances:

12 December 2010
John Reid
Wye Valley Music: St. Briavels Church, St. Briavels

9 December 2010
John Reid
Seaton Music Society: Seaton Town Hall, Seaton, Devon

8 December 2010
John Reid
Letchworth Music Club: Howgills, Letchworth

1 December 2010
John Reid
Clitheroe Concerts Society: Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Clitheroe

19 January 2012
Timothy Andres
Morse Recital Hall, New Haven, CT, USA

15 September 2012
Timothy Andres
Cabrillo Festival: Village Hall, Cabrillo, CA, USA

27 September 2012
Hilary Suckling
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales

29 January 2013
Robert Fleitz
Paul Hall, Lincoln Centre, New York City, NY, USA

7 February 2013
John Reid (with Nicholas Mulroy, tenor)
King's Place, London

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