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Louis Spohr: Das Wirtshaus zu... WoO 93

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Published on Mar 25, 2013

Louis Spohr "Das Wirtshaus zu..." WoO 93 [Werk ohne Opuszahl]
Susanne Leinert-Heidt, mezzo-soprano -- Elmar Schimmel, piano.
Live recording (January 19, 2013 in Hannover).
Poem by Adolph von Marées (1801--1874)
The poem with the title "Das Wirthshaus zu ..." was published in the "Deutscher Musenalmanach auf das Jahr 1835". It was with this version of the poem that Spohr composed the Lied.
On October 11th, 1835 the composer had written to the publisher B. Schott's Söhne in Mainz that he would respond to their request of a Lied for the "Musikalische Unterhaltungsblätter" (trans.: musical entertainment periodical) "Der Minnesänger" as soon as he found a suitable text.
Four months later in February, 1836, Spohr cataloged the Lied in his own list of works as No. 149. On the 29th of February 12 it appeared as No. 9 in the 3rd year issue (1836) of the" Minnesänger". A telling quote from the first edition of the weekly "Minnesänger" from November 5th, 1834 follows: "If the Beauty would like to present her lovely voice, she may confidently open the collection: because she need not fear a predicament due to a challenging aria; also the accompanist at the guitar, harp or piano will secretly bless the composer that he made it so easy for him [...]". The intention of the publisher in Mainz was clearly defined and the composers followed for the most part the given concept, although simplicity does not mean lack of imagination for this "tavern song"..
See also: The first complete and critical Edition of Louis Spohr's Lieder in 12 vols., edited by Prof. Susan Owen-Leinert and Michael Leinert with the Publisher Christoph Dohr, Cologne, Germany: vol. 5 E.D. 29555.

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