Academic journal article Journal of Singing

VIERZEHN LIEDER Nach Gedichten Von Heinrich Heine

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

VIERZEHN LIEDER Nach Gedichten Von Heinrich Heine

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KUCZYNSKI, PAUL (1846-1897). VIERZEHN LIEDER nach Gedichten von Heinrich Heine. Recital Publications, 2005. Reprinted from Henry Littolf's Verlag edition. Traditional keys; A^sub 3^-A^sub 5^; Tess: M; regular meters; varied tempos; Diff: V/E-M, P/E-mD; 2-4 pages. Medium high voice with ample low notes.

TITLES: "Im wunderschönen Monat Mai"; "Und wüßten's die Blumen"; "Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'"; "Du bist wie eine Blume"; "Aus meinen großen Schmerzen"; "Sie liebten sich beide"; "Ich wollte, meine Schmerzen ergössen sich"; "Mädchen mit dem roten Mündchen"; "Wo ich bin, mich rings umdunkelt"; "Mit schwarzen Segeln segelt mein Schiff"; "Ich halte ihr die Augen zu"; "Es war ein alter König"; "Das ist ein Brausen und Heulen"; "Über die Berge."

Polish composer Paul Kuczynski does not seem to have merited any research into either his life or his work, as this reviewer has found no information about him in standard sources, or even on the Internet. The texts of a song or two from this collection are given on the site for art song texts, but that is all. There may be a good reason for this neglect. A brief play-through of the songs confirms that they are indeed "curiosities," although two or three of them are quite interesting. "Und wüßten's die Blumen" and "Mit schwarzen Segeln segelt mein Schiff" have interesting accompaniments and fairly good melodies and would perhaps be useful for students early on in their German lied study. …

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