It is the last song of the Mädchenblumen cycle (0p. 22), composed by Richard Strauss (1864-1949 and published in 1988. Based on the poem by Felix Dahn, it is a significant sample of the importance of the female figure within the romantic myth. The cycle talks about for types of flowers: Kornblumen (cornflowers), Mohnblumen (poppies), Epheu (Ivy) and Mädchenblumen (water lily).
We are already in summer, it begins that hotness we all know, and we avoid being exposed to burning sunbeams. What could be better than a fresh shadow, surrounded by the nature, with a sounding fountain, under a green and leafy tree like the linden: “Der Lindenbaum”. Starting this popular poem from Wilhelm Müller we meet our main character, a person who tell us how he lived and enjoyed this relaxing and peaceful scenery; the linden, a place for lovers, tree that for Müller has a close relationship with society and love, which contrasts with the loneliness that this poem exposes. [...]
Recently I have read a book by Norman Lebrecht titled “¿Why Mahler? How One Man and Ten Symphonies changed our world”. The author explains that Gustav Mahler’s music is received by many as a source of spiritual revelation. Likewise, on the webpage “Mahlerlist” we can read the testimonies of people telling how Mahler’s music has been significant and therapeutic throughout their life.
To evoke a specific sensation in a listener is not a simple task: to transmit this particular emotion, and not another must be done skillfully. Paul Verlaine, the author of the poem En sourdine, found a magnificent way of doing so. Moreover, we have been lucky that Debussy provided the poem with a new musical dimension by exalting the words of Verlaine with elegance, subtlety and delicacy, well known of the great master.
In 1884 the 51-year-old bachelor Johannes Brahms wrote Wir wandelten, based in one of the poems in Polydora by Georg Friedrich Daumer, which was inspired by a Magyar text. When Brahms had the opportunity to meet Daumer in 1872, the poet had never heard neither of the composer nor his Lieders despite the fact that Brahms had written music to more than sixty poems by Daumer, including the famous Liebeslieder Walzer.