Day 21 — Die Frauen sind oft fromm und still

This is the final song from Strauss’s 1887–88 Schlichte Wiesen, comprising five settings of Felix Ludwig Julius Dahn’s poetry. While Dahn’s text here may seem a little Gemütlich for modern …

This is the final song from Strauss’s 1887–88 Schlichte Wiesen, comprising five settings of Felix Ludwig Julius Dahn’s poetry. While Dahn’s text here may seem a little Gemütlich for modern tastes, Strauss sets it with great sincerity, beautifully contrasting the woman’s calm sagesse with the gruffer attitudes of the man. Their respective focus on heaven and earth is likewise reflected in the accompaniment’s varying range. …

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