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By Harald Krebs

Josephine Lang (1815-80) used to be probably the most talented, revered, prolific, and broadly released tune composers of the 19th century, but her lifestyles and works have remained nearly unknown. Now, this rigorously researched, compelling, and poignant research acknowledges the composer for her amazing accomplishments. in line with years of research of unpublished letters, musical autographs, experiences, and the autobiographical poetry of Lang's husband, Reinhold K?stlin, the biographical parts of the ebook supply a beautiful portrait of the composer as a lady and an artist. In-depth musical analyses interwoven with the biography might be illuminating to students and to musicians of all ability degrees. The analyses demonstrate Lang's sensitivity to her selected poetic texts, in addition to the validity of her declare that her songs have been her diary; the authors reveal that a few of the songs are without delay attached to the occasions of Lang's lifestyles. The analyses are illustrated by means of an abundance of musical examples, together with a couple of whole songs. A spouse web site, that includes 30 songs through Lang recorded by way of the authors, enhances the textual content.

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It is worth looking briefly at Lang’s poetic sources during this period. A large number of the early songs are settings of prominent German poets. Her first publication, Acht deutsche Lieder (“op. 1”), begins with settings of Goethe and Schiller (nos. 1 and 2, respectively), and the sets that she labeled “op. 5” and “op. 6” contain Goethe settings as well (“op. 5” nos. 1 and 3, and “op. 6” no. 3). More frequently, however, she selected poems by less illustrious late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century lyric poets: the aforementioned Johann Georg Jacobi, Ludwig Hölty, Friedrich von Matthisson, Theodor Körner, Wilhelm Müller, and August Graf von Platen.

Sweet sisters, my beloved has arrived! Liebliche Schwestern, Liebchen ist da! These lines convey the excitement of an unfolding spring, both by the colorful succession of images of that season and by the syntax; the initial disjointed series of questions suggests that the lyric I is rendered breathless by the glory that is being revealed in spring. The final line makes clear that the sense of excitement and anticipation relates as much to the arrival of the beloved as to that of spring. Lang responds to the exhilarated mood of this text in various ways.

This suitably exuberant setting of a wonderful poem fully deserves this amount of attention. Here is Lang’s version of Goethe’s poem (along with our translation):68 Tage der Wonne, kommt ihr so bald? Schenkt mir die Sonne Hügel und Wald? Reichlicher fließen Bächlein zumal, Sind es die Wiesen? Ist es das Tal? Days of ecstasy, come you so early? Does the sun present me with hill and forest? The brooks flow more generously now. Is it the meadows? Is it the valley? Unter des Grünen blühender Kraft Under the blossoming wealth of greenery, The little bees sip, buzzing, on nectar.

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