Beethoven: In questa tomba oscura, Adelaide, An die ferne Geliebte, Scottish & Irisch Songs André Schuen & Boulanger Trio

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Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

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  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827):
  • 1Adelaide, Op. 4605:40
  • 2An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 9813:59
  • 3In questa tomba oscura, WoP 13303:41
  • 4Scottish Songs, Op. 108: No. 2. Sunset03:51
  • 5Scottish Songs, Op. 108: No. 3. O sweet were the hours04:46
  • 6Scottish Songs, Op. 108: No. 5. The sweetest lad was Jamie01:47
  • 7Scottish Songs, Op. 108: No. 16. Could this ill world have been contriv'd02:51
  • 8Scottish Songs, Op. 108: No. 20. Faithfu' Johnie04:47
  • 9Scottish Songs, Op. 108: No. 13. Come fill, fill, my good fellow02:17
  • 10Irish Songs, WoO 152: IX. The soldier's dream05:06
  • 11Irish Songs, WoO 152: X. The deserter01:35
  • 12Irish Songs, WoO 152: V. Ton the massacre of Gelncoe02:18
  • 13Irish Songs, WoO 152: XV. The brainspinnings Swans02:07
  • 14Irish Songs, WoO 156: XII. Polly Stewart02:01
  • 15Irish Songs, WoO 154: IV. The pulse of an Irishman ever beats quicker02:37
  • 16Irish Songs, WOO 153: IV. Since greybeards inform us that youth will decay01:42
  • 17Irish Songs, WoO 152: XXI. Morning a cruel turmoiler is01:52
  • Total Runtime01:02:57

Info for Beethoven: In questa tomba oscura, Adelaide, An die ferne Geliebte, Scottish & Irisch Songs

Art song had blossomed into a multifaceted genre by 1800, and the debate whether to favour recurrent stanza structures or through-composed form was well underway. Lieder, as the lyrical genre per se, marked out the territory in which musicians could express the most profound emotions. The best composers therefore increasingly chose to through-compose their songs – a logical step, thanks to which they were able to closely follow the content and the speech of the poems they were setting to music. Beethoven already took that very step in his earliest Lieder. The emotional value of a song such as Adelaide op. 46 (1795/96) even managed to convince a late-19th-century Vienna music critic otherwise well known for his harshness – Eduard Hanslick, who wrote in 1886: “No depiction of a youth’s enthusiastic love could be more faithful and exemplary than this Adelaide by Beethoven. What sweet, secret bliss shivers in every note of this golden melody! Perhaps the young man is not even ‘blushingly following her footsteps’ like Schiller’s suitor [in The Song of the Bell ]. Instead, this lover seems to be content to inebriate himself with his beloved’s mere name, to which he renders such profuse homage.”

Beethoven originally called his setting of Matthisson’s poem a “cantata”, and Adelaide introduced a theme that would play a major role in the composer’s subsequent Lieder output: his yearning for the unattainable. No other work conveys that same subject more impressively than the one Beethoven wrote in 1816: To the Distant Beloved, op. 98, a setting of a “romantic-pastoral text” (Maynard Solomon, 1977) by Alois Jeitteles, and the first truly through-composed song cycle in music history. The songs in this cycle cannot be singled out for individual performance, since they are connected by transitions in the piano accompaniment. Schubert never took up the same idea, but it served all the more so as a model for Robert Schumann and for subsequent generations of Lied composers. Beethoven would later apply the same cyclic concept, displayed in such exemplary fashion in To the Distant Beloved, in several of his late chamber music works…

His contribution can be described as new arrangements and harmonizations of pre-existing melodies. These were true “songs without words”, since considerations of language could not be taken into account. Beethoven’s correspondence with Thomson shows, however, that he was quite pleased with this modus operandi (although the Irish Songs WoO 152-154, conversely, did allow for a closer association between text and music).

André Schuen, baritone
Boulanger Trio

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