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Das Rosenband, Op. 36, No. 1

About the Work

Image for Richard Strauss Composer: Richard Strauss
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Der Rosenband (?The Rose-Colored Ribbon?), Op. 36, No. 1, was composed in 1897, as the first in a set of four songs among which there are further connections with both Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Mahler. Two of the songs in this set are settings of Wunderhorn texts which Mahler did not use in the Wunderhorn songs he had composed a few years earlier and would not use in his subsequent ones. The idyllic love song that opens Op. 36 is a setting of a brief poem by Friedrich Klopstock, whose ?Resurrection Ode? provided Mahler with both the inspiration and much of the actual text of his Second Symphony?and the premiere of that work, with the Berlin Philharmonic under Mahler's own direction, was itself arranged by his friend Strauss.