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Louis Spohr: Wach auf ! Op.103 No 6 - Poem by R. Kulemann

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Published on Apr 4, 2013

Louis Spohr: Wach auf ! (Poem by Rudolph Kulemann), Op. 103 No. 6
Anneliese Rothenberger, soprano -- Gerd Starke, clarinet --
Günter Weissenborn, piano. The song starts after the introduction (c. 0:45'').
For over 170 years the Lied op. 103 No. 6 "Wach auf !" by Louis Spohr carried the designation: Poet unknown.
The editors of the first complete Lieder edition, Susan Owen Leinert and Michael Leinert, currently being published with Verlag Dohr, have now succeeded in properly identifying the author of this song. It is the theologian, politician and poet from Westphalia: Rudolph Kulemann (1811-1899).
The Spohr researchers discovered this in the Princeton University Library in New Jersey, USA. In the periodical "Morgenblatt für gebildete Leser" (translation: Morning leaflet for educated readers) from the year 1837 the poem was found by an author who thus
far was never named in any publication of the Lieder with clarinet from Louis Spohr. Therefore it is now possible to correct a typographical error in the first line of this song, changing the sense of the phrase, which has been seen repeatedly in all editions dating back to the first printed Lieder edition of 1838 ( "bange" instead of "lange", the doubling of the word "lange" is consequently corrected).
Spohr's Six German Songs op. 103 for voice, clarinet and piano are the composer's most performed and best-known group of Lieder. With this latest find, the editors from the Spohr Society of the USA, Susan Owen-Leinert and Michael Leinert have identified a total of seven authors who previously had to be designated as "poet unknown".
As the 6th of 12 volumes comprising the first complete edition of all one and two-voiced Lieder with piano accompaniment by Louis Spohr, published by Verlag Dohr, Cologne, Germany; the critical edition of op. 103 is now available: E.D. 29956.

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