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Zwei Balladen op. 62

By Wilhelm Rettich

Vocal music
Male choir and instruments (TTBB 4h 3trb)
7 minutes
published score
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Two ballads op. 62

1. Ballade vom WerWolf
2. Ballade von der brutalen Hand

Words by Jaroslav Vrchlicky (German translation by Paul Eisler)

ISMN: 979-0-2038-8089-9

Not to be confused with “Zwei Balladen op. 38 C”

About Wilhelm Rettich

Wilhelm Rettich

Wilhelm Rettich belonged to that generation of those whose work and life was deeply affected by the First and Second World Wars. Captivity, persecution, hiding and losses scarred his life. In 1933, he emigrated to the Netherlands, where he survived the war in hiding. Rettich worked a great deal for the radio, a young and progressive medium at that time. Although he became a Dutch citizen after the World War II, he returned to Germany in 1964.

by Diet Scholten