Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Liebesruf

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Liebesruf

Article excerpt

Anton B. Fürstenau was a well known flautist and composer of the early nineteenth century. A contemporary of Schubert, though he lived and worked in Dresden and apparently never met the younger composer, his music partakes of the lyricism of the Viennese song composers. Among his many compositions for the flute are eight works for flute, piano, and voice, and the soprano repertoire is enriched by the publication of this one.

The text of "Liebesruf " was written by Dresden actor Hans-Georg Kriete, and Fürstenau dedicated the work to Kriete's wife Henriette, a singer of some renown in Dresden. The poem is a call to the beloved far away to remember the wonders of the relationship, perhaps to return. The flute takes the role of messenger as the voice sends out the call. A statement in the Foreword to this edition is the perfect summation of the intent of this song: "In ancient times it was said that the flute was able through its sound to reach out to the lost, and this is the theme of this song-the lost lover is reminded of past delights by the love call of the flute-in the hope that she will return. …

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