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Ich bin die Prinzessin Ilse op. 71

By Wilhelm Rettich

Vocal music
Voice and orchestra (sopr fl fl/pic 2ob 2cl 2fg 2h 2trp timp perc hp str)
6 minutes
published score
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‘I am the princess Ilse’

Words from "Harzreise" by Heinrich Heine

Op. 71 A is ‘Orchideenmusik’ for 2 oboes and strings

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