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Vier Lieder der Mignon op. 74

By Wilhelm Rettich

Vocal music
Voice and orchestra (sopr ob ob(eh) 2fg 2h str)
15 minutes
published score
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Four Mignon songs from “Wilhelm Meister” by Goethe

I "Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen blühn"
I "Heiß mich nicht reden, heiß mich schweigen"
III "Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt"
IV "So laßt mich scheinen, bis ich werde"

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