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Meinem Kinde, Op. 37, No. 3

About the Work

Image for Richard Strauss Composer: Richard Strauss
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Meinem Kinde (?My Child?) , Op. 37, No. 3, composed in 1897 to a text by Gustav Falke, is part of a set of six songs to texts by various poets (again including Dehmel). In this case Strauss actually orchestrated the accompaniment, on an intimate, almost chamber-music scale, as soon as he had completed the piano version. Two more songs from this set were orchestrated many years later, one in 1933 and one in 1943. Like the song that precedes it in the present concerts, this is a ?cradle song,? but in this case addressed to an already sleeping child. Franz Alexander Strauss, the composer's only child, was born on April 12 of the year in which this song was composed. (The composer's wife was the soprano Pauline de Ahna, who had sung the leading role in his first opera, Guntram, in the work's premiere at Weimar in May 1894.)