2 pages, c.13 x 35.5, 7-stave paper cut down from a larger leaf, both sides paginated "7", Garmisch, 11 June 1924, trimmed, with some text loss to the sketch in E-flat, crease to central vertical fold
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Nigel Simeone in the identification of this manuscript. The words Strauss uses in this draft can be translated as "See! the greatest joy of heaven bonds with the earth. Overwhelmed by storms, the mother’s breast trembles with rapture".
"The years 1919 and 1920 are blank in the catalogue of Strauss's works; in 1921 he composed only - some only! - the Drei Hymnen, Op. 71, to texts by Hölderlin with accompaniment for large orchestra, songs which anticipate the richness of the Vier letze Lieder of twenty-seven years later and constitute a major work, sadly underrated and neglected. Part of the explanation is that he was composing the opera Intermezzo and that the Vienna Opera and travels abroad ate into his time. The first performance of Op. 71 was given in Berlin on 4 November by Barbara Kemp, with Gustav Brecher conducting." (Michael Kennedy, "Richard Strauss: Man, Musician, Enigma," p. 210)
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