Forbidden Music Regained

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Vier Lieder vom Gott der Bettler (voice and piano)

By Ignace Lilien

Vocal music
Voice and piano (voice pf)
location of manuscript archive registration number 009/023a 009/023c


Four beggar songs (Quatre chansons des mendiants)

- Die Leierfrau (the ‘gurdy women’)
- Der Blinde (the blind)
- Der Gelähmte (the crippled)
- Der Aussätzige (the leper)

There is a version for voice and orchestra as well (with text in German and French)




About Ignace Lilien

Ignace Lilien

His hometown Lemberg, in the Ukraine known as Lviv, and in Poland as Lwów, has a history of occupation by shifting powers. This is why the Germans had trouble figuring out Ignace Lilien's real identity; he survived the war with forged documents. He worked as a chemical engineer, but that didn’t stop him from composing a large oeuvre. His life was as varied as his music, with influences ranging from Polish modernism to South American rhythms and timbres.

by Frans van Ruth