• Helen Grime
  • Sie liebten sich beide (2019)
    (After Clara Schumann)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

After Clara Schumann Op. 13 No. 2

  • pf
  • Soprano
  • 3 min
  • Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)
  • German

Programme Note

I was very touched by the simplicity, formal clarity and subtle harmonic language in Schumann’s setting of Heine’s Sie liebten sich beide (Op. 13, No. 2). I wanted to follow the structure of the original quite closely - a short piano introduction, repeated almost exactly when the vocal line begins, leading to a contrasting section for the second verse. This combination is used again for the third and fourth verses, followed by a transformed piano coda. I have taken the falling half-step gesture and phrase structures in the original and have embedded them within my own setting and harmonic language to create something which I hope is a deeply personal, yet faithful response to the original.

Programme note © 2019 Helen Grime


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