Recorded on 03/04/2009, uploaded on 05/29/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Die Forelle ("The Trout") is one of Franz Schubert's
most popular Lieder. Composed in 1817, Schubert later used its familiar melody
as the basis for the variations in the fourth movement of his Piano Quintet in
A major, known as the "Trout" Quintet. Later in 1846, it was also one of the
many Lieder that Franz Liszt adapted for piano solo.
The poem used by Schubert, written by Christian Schubart,
describes a trout swimming through a brook and the poet's indignation when an
angler unfairly catches it. The accompaniment of Schubert's settings is built
around a motif of rising sextuplets depicting the trout motion in the water.
The vocal melody is a superb example of Schubert's remarkable ability to
achieve the high levels of art song yet maintain the simplicity of folk music.
Liszt's transcription of Die Forelle is largely an
embellishment of Schubert's Lied. Liszt first gives an extended introduction
based on the accompaniment's characteristic motif. The melody is first heard in
the middle of the texture and then shifts to the upper voice on repetition.
Liszt's adaptation becomes increasing virtuosic, inserting several
improvisatory-like passages of scales and arpeggios. Joseph
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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