Canal March

The History of Lied: Love and Humour

Luis Gago: presenter. Elizabeth Watts, soprano y Roger Vignoles, piano

Works by R. Strauss y H. Wolf

Hugo Wolf, whose compositional efforts almost exclusively focused on Lied, turned to the translations of Paul Heyse (1830-1914) to give form to his Italianisches Liederbuch. This song cycle has a strong humorous component, in which irony plays an important role, assisted by the music. Humour also plays a central part in Krämerspiegel Op. 66, which Richard Strauss composed to texts by Alfred Kerr (1867-1948). The origins of this cycle relate to Strauss’s falling out with his publishers, and its poetic texts are extremely sarcastic and were often intended to offend.

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