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He is probably the most famous German "prince of poets" - but music also accompanied Goethe throughout his life: His parents played music and he himself learnt to play several instruments. Naturally, he was interested in having his poems set to music - although he was strict in his requirements. Carl Friedrich Zelter set the poetry to music very "carefully"; in his songs, the rhythm of speech takes centre stage. This obviously corresponded to Goethe's ideas, as he wrote to him in a letter: "I immediately feel that your compositions are identical to my songs, the music only takes the balloon up with it, like an inflowing gas. With other composers, I first have to realise how they took the song, what they made of it." Fortunately, not all of them adhered to Goethe's ideas and thought more independently in terms of composition. This creates a fascinating field of tension between the very different approaches of contemporaries.
He is probably the most famous German "prince of poets" - but music also accompanied Goethe throughout his life: His parents played music and he himself learnt to play several instruments. Naturally, he was interested in having his poems set to music - although he was strict in his requirements. Carl Friedrich Zelter set the poetry to music very "carefully"; in his songs, the rhythm of speech takes centre stage. This obviously corresponded to Goethe's ideas, as he wrote to him in a letter: "I immediately feel that your compositions are identical to my songs, the music only takes the balloon up with it, like an inflowing gas. With other composers, I first have to realise how they took the song, what they made of it." Fortunately, not all of them adhered to Goethe's ideas and thought more independently in terms of composition. This creates a fascinating field of tension between the very different approaches of contemporaries.
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Goethe-Lieder
Artist: L Beethoven .V. / Mozart / Gandilyan
Format: CD
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He is probably the most famous German "prince of poets" - but music also accompanied Goethe throughout his life: His parents played music and he himself learnt to play several instruments. Naturally, he was interested in having his poems set to music - although he was strict in his requirements. Carl Friedrich Zelter set the poetry to music very "carefully"; in his songs, the rhythm of speech takes centre stage. This obviously corresponded to Goethe's ideas, as he wrote to him in a letter: "I immediately feel that your compositions are identical to my songs, the music only takes the balloon up with it, like an inflowing gas. With other composers, I first have to realise how they took the song, what they made of it." Fortunately, not all of them adhered to Goethe's ideas and thought more independently in terms of composition. This creates a fascinating field of tension between the very different approaches of contemporaries.
        
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