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Vier Lieder der Geisha O-sen op. 18

By Wilhelm Rettich

Vocal music
Voice and instrument(s) (sopr 2fl ob ob(eh) 2cl 2fg 2h hp (tamtam))
6 minutes
published score
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Four songs of Geisha O-sen by Klabund

I "Ach mein armes kleines Eiland"
II "Waldeinsamkeit"
III "Die Erde schmiegt sich"
IV "Daß mir dieser Frühling noch erblühte"

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