Schubert: D. 795-20, Des Baches Wiegenlied

🎼🎶 Monday, June 14, 2021

In the last days of his life, Beethoven was absorbed in the study of some sixty of Schubert’s songs, often lingering over them for hours, and he expressed “the utmost wonder” at their content. Among them was the cycle “Die Schöne Müllerin”, which closes with the achingly beautiful “Des Baches Wiegenlied”.

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Schubert: D. 795-19, Der Müller und der Bach

🎼🎶 Sunday, June 13, 2021
In “Der Müller und der Bach“, the miller is succumbing to despair, and we hear the voice of the brook for the first time, urging the miller to break free from his sorrow.
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Schubert: D. 795-18, Trockne Blumen

🎼🎶 Saturday, June 12, 2021

Number 18 in “Die Schöne Müllerin” is the lovely song, "Trockne Blumen” (Withered Flowers). Schubert would later compose variations for flute and piano on this theme! (D. 802)

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Schubert: D.795-17, Die Böse Farbe

🎼🎶 Friday, June 11, 2021
In the hauntingly beautiful song “Die liebe Farbe“ (The Favorite Color) the unhappy miller announces that he wants to die and that everything should be green so the maiden knows it’s her fault.
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Schubert: D. 795-16, Die liebe Farbe

🎼🎶 Thursday, June 10, 2021
In the hauntingly beautiful song “Die liebe Farbe“ (The Favorite Color) the unhappy miller announces that he wants to die and that everything should be green so the maiden knows it’s her fault.
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Schubert: D. 795-15, Eifersucht und Stolz

🎼🎶 Wednesday, June 9, 2021
After realizing that his beloved has eyes for another man, our miller instructs the brook to deliver a message to her. Here is an extraordinary 1928 recording of "Eifersucht und Stolz" (Jealousy and Pride).
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Schubert: D. 795-14, Der Jäger

🎼🎶 Tuesday, June 8, 2021

In song number 14, the miller is confronted with a new development: a hunter has arrived and captured the interest of the beloved maiden.  Here are two versions – the first in the original German, and then a fun version in English.

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Schubert: D. 795-13- Mit dem grünen Lautenbande

🎼🎶 Monday, June 7, 2021
In the thirteenth song of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin”, a casual remark by the maiden about his green lute-ribbon sends the miller into rhapsodies about the color green.
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Schubert: D. 795-12, Pause

🎼🎶 Sunday, June 7, 2021
In this 12th song from "Die Schöne Müllerin", the exuberant miller addresses his lute, and reflects that he used to pour out his sorrow in song, but now finds no way to express his overwhelming joy.
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Schubert: D. 795-11, Mein!

🎼🎶 Saturday, June 5, 2021
In spite of the ambiguous outcome of the miller’s rendezvous with the maiden, related in the previous song, “Tränenregen”, we now find the miller in a state of utter elation . This is song number eleven of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin”.
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