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Glück, das mir verblieb

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (arr. Langslet)

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Subtitle: From Die tote Stadt

General Info

Year: 1920 /
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Die tote Stadt (German for The Dead City) is a 1920 opera in three acts by Erich Wolfgang Korngold to a libretto by Paul Schott, a collective pseudonym for the composer and his father, Julius Korngold; it is based on the 1892 novel Bruges-la-Morte by Georges Rodenbach.

Glück das mir verblieb (German for Joy, that near to me remained) is a duet from the opera. It is written for a soprano and tenor. Also called the Lute Song, it appears in act 1, approx. 25 minutes into the opera. For performances as a concert aria, a soprano will sing both parts.

The "dead city" in the opera's title is Bruges, Belgium, identified in the opera with Marie, the dead wife of Paul. At the start of act 1, Paul confides in a friend the extraordinary news that he has seen Marie, or her double, in the town and that he has invited her to the house. She arrives, and Paul addresses her as Marie, but she corrects him: she is Marietta, a dancer from Lille. He is enchanted by her, especially when she accepts his request for a song, Glück das mir verblieb. The words tell of the joy of love, but there is a sadness in it also because its theme is the transitoriness of life. Their voices combine in the verse which extols the power of love to remain constant in a fleeting world.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

When he was twenty-three, Korngold's opera Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) premiered simultaneously in Hamburg and Cologne. Based on the Symbolist novel Bruges la morte by Georges Rodenbach, the story involves a widower who falls in love with the dancer Marietta, the double of his late wife, Marie. In Act I, the widower requests that Marietta sing him a song, and she complies with Glück, das mir verblieb (Joy That Near Me Remains). A popular soprano solo sometimes called Marietta’s Lied, it is the character’s ode to the joy of love and the transitory reality of life.

- Program Note by Andrew Grenci and Joel Baroody for the United States Coast Guard Band concert program, 22 December 2017

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