Songs for the Philologists


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Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Alte deutsche Lieder - ARMIN, Archim von and Clemens BRENTANO
ARMIN, Archim von and Clemens BRENTANO
Heidelberg, Frankfurt Mohr u. Zimmer, J.C.B. Mohr 1806-1808
4 volumes bound in 3. Octavo. Attractively bound in full mid-tan calf with decorative spines and edges gilt, inner dentelles gilt, all edges yellow, silk ribbon markers. Vol. I: 1f. (engraved pictorial title of a young boy on horseback by Kunze after Brentano), 1f. (half-title), 470 pp.; Vol. 2: 1f. (half-title), 1f. (engraved pictorial title with the Oldenburg horn and Heidelberg Castle by A. Weise after a sketch by Brentano drawn by Wilhelm Grimm), 1f. (volume secondary title), 448 pp.; Vol. 3: 1f. (half- title), 1f. (engraved pictorial title with a male figure playing the flute, a female playing the harp, by Ludwig Emil Grimm after Brentano), 1f. (volume secondary title), 253 pp.; Vol. 4: 1f. (engraved pictorial frontispiece by Ludwig Emil Grimm after Brentano), 1f. (title: "Kinderlieder Anhang zum Wunderhorn"), 103 pp.
With an 8-page dedication to Goethe to Volume 1. Bookplate of Lili Bon to front pastedown of all three volumes.
Bindings very slightly rubbed and bumped at corners. Vol. I: professional repairs to edges of first six leaves, two leaves with professional repairs with no loss of text, some minor foxing and staining; Vol. 2: title very slightly trimmed at lower edge just affecting several letters of imprint; minor dampstaining and foxing, some mispagination; Vol. 3: minor foxing, staining to edges of upper margins throughout, some mispagination; Vol. 4: frontispiece slightly trimmed and laid down to mounting paper.

Rare. First Edition. Goedeke VI, 73, 12.
A collection of German folk poems and songs, Des Knaben Wunderhorn ('The Youth's Magic Horn') is considered one of the most important publications of German Romanticism. Des Knaben Wunderhorn "established its editors, the poet Clemens Brentano and the antiquarian Achim von Arnim, as leaders of the Romantic movement by reviving enthusiasm for the Volkslied ("folk song," or "peasant song") tradition in German lyric poetry. Reputedly genuine folk songs dating from the Middle Ages, many of the poems were, in fact, either anonymously composed by such 17th-century poets as Simon Dach and Hans Jacob Grimmelshausen or rewritten by Brentano and Arnim to improve what Arnim called "authentically historical discords." Attacked by philologists for historical inaccuracies but praised by J.W. von Goethe, to whom it was dedicated, Des Knaben Wunderhorn preserves many of the melodic, spontaneous phrases and metres of old German folk songs." Encyclopedia Britannica online
Verses in the anthology were set as lieder by German composers including Weber, Loewe, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Zemlinsky, Schoenberg, and Webern, both in the 19th century and beyond. Das Knaben Wunderhorn served as special inspiration for Mahler, who set its poems to music throughout his career. "The text of the first of his four Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, begun in 1884, is based on the Wunderhorn poem Wenn mein Schatz. Between 1887 and 1901, he wrote two dozen settings of Wunderhorn texts, several of which were incorporated into (or composed as movements for) his Second, Third and Fourth symphonies. In 1899, he published a collection of a dozen Wunderhorn settings that has since become known, slightly confusingly, simply as "Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn.'" Wikipedia

[Schlagwörter: Vocal 19th Century German Lieder, German song texts, German poetry, 19th century German music]

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