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Vier Lieder vom Gott der Bettler (voice and orchestra)

By Ignace Lilien

Vocal music
Voice and orchestra (voice orch)
location of manuscript archive registration number 009/024a+b
published score catalogue application number NMI 20501

Dedicated to Pola Szembek (1) Kitty Nelken (2) Han Ribbius (3) and Toos Dulberg-Heijnsbroek (4)


Quatre chansons des mendiants (Four beggar songs)

Text in French and German

- La femme à l'accordéon / Die Leierfrau (the ‘gurdy women’)
- L'aveugle / Der Blinde (the blind)
- Le paralytique / Der Gelähmte (the crippled)
- Le lépreux / Der Aussätzige (the leper)

There is a version for voice and piano as well (with text in German only)

See also: catalogue application number MNmfI/0547

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