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, Op. 27 No. 3, is one of a set of four songs composed by Richard Strauss
Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome; his Lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; and his tone poems and orchestral works, such as Death and Transfiguration, Till...
in 1894. It was originally for voice and piano, and not orchestrated by Strauss until 1948, a year before his death. The text is from a poem in German by John Henry Mackay
John Henry Mackay was an individualist anarchist, thinker and writer. Born in Scotland and raised in Germany, Mackay was the author of Die Anarchisten and Der Freiheitsucher . Mackay was published in the United States in his friend Benjamin Tucker's magazine, Liberty...
The song has the English title "Secret Invitation"
, or, "The Lover's Pledge"
The first phrase of the song is "Auf, hebe die funkelnde Schale" (In English: "Up, raise the sparkling cup").
Strauss composed the song in 1894 and gave it as a wedding present to his wife the soprano Pauline de Ahna
Pauline Maria de Ahna was a German operatic soprano. She is best remembered today as the wife of composer Richard Strauss who wrote several of his works for her.-Biography:...
The other songs of Strauss' Opus 27
- Op. 27 No. 1 "Ruhe, meine Seele!
Ruhe, meine Seele!, Op. 27 No. 1, is the first in a set of four songs composed by Richard Strauss in 1894. It was originally for voice and piano, and not orchestrated by Strauss until 1948, after he had completed one of his Four Last Songs "Im Abendrot"...
" (Nicht ein Lüftchen regt sich leise)
- Op. 27 No. 2 "Cäcilie
Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2, is the second in a set of four songs composed by Richard Strauss in 1894.The words are from a love poem "Cäcilie" written by Heinrich Hart , a German dramatic critic and journalist who also wrote poetry...
" (Wenn du es wüßtest)
- Op. 27 No. 4 "Morgen!" (Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen)
Ben Heppner, with orchestral accompaniment
Ben Heppner, with piano accompaniment