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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.
Bibliographical noteCommissioned 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
12 December 2010
Wye Valley Music: St. Briavels Church, St. Briavels
9 December 2010
Seaton Music Society: Seaton Town Hall, Seaton, Devon
8 December 2010
Letchworth Music Club: Howgills, Letchworth
1 December 2010
Clitheroe Concerts Society: Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Clitheroe
19 January 2012
Morse Recital Hall, New Haven, CT, USA
15 September 2012
Cabrillo Festival: Village Hall, Cabrillo, CA, USA
27 September 2012
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales
29 January 2013
Paul Hall, Lincoln Centre, New York City, NY, USA
7 February 2013
John Reid (with Nicholas Mulroy, tenor)
King's Place, London
Martin Charles Suckling (Invited speaker)10 Dec 2014
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