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Product Details

  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions; Reprint edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879100044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879100049
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And, of course, this is a wonderful book simply for browsing.
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There are 3 useful indices - one by author, one by composer and one general index.
Itamar Ronen
Having the German and English translation of the great songs was wonderful.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased a six-CD set on EMI of Fischer-Dieskau singing Brahms lieder. My collection includes the song texts in German, but, alas, does not have English translations. I needed to know something of the texts and thus turned to "The Fischer-Dieskau Book of Lieder", first published in 1976 and recently reissued. This book includes the original texts and English translations of 750 songs, including, of course, many texts set by Brahms. The book does not include all the songs in my compiliation, but it gave me much more than I had without it. It includes, among much else, the complete text and translation of Brahms's song-cycle, "Die Schone Magelone" Op. 33, which set 15 poems of Ludwig Tieck. In this day of cost-cutting, where both texts and translations are frequently not included in CDs, Fischer-Dieskau's book is an excellent resource.

The song texts are easy to use as they are accompanied by a three-fold index that lists the contents by composer, poets, and titles and first lines. The songs in the book are arranged alphabetically. The book also includes an excellent introduction by Fischer-Dieskau which manages to be both an overview and highly personal at the same time.

In addition to helping to find texts and translations of songs on recordings, this book has many other uses. It can be used simply to read the poetry that was set by the great composers of song and to follow-up by listening to settings of poems that the reader finds appealing. The book can be used as a guide to songs that were set by more than one composer or to explore songs. The book includes many texts that were set by the great masters of song, including Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, and others. There are many other texts set by composers who are obscure.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 1999
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offers english (poetic not literal) translations of many german lieder texts neglected in other resources such as "word by word translations of songs and arias." indespensible resource for singers, pianists, and others interested in lieder who do not speak german. includes the greater portion of texts set by Schubert, Wolf, Schumann, etc. also includes texts set by more modern or obscure composers, e.g. Peter Cornelius, Clara Schumann, etc. a book that needed to be written.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Itamar Ronen on January 22, 2001
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This book, compiled by one of the greatest lieder performers of our time, is an extensive anthology of lieder texts from mid-18th century (Haydn, Gluck) to the first half of the 20th (Shoeck, Hindemith), with the vast majority placed in the heart of Fisher-Dieskau expertise - the romantic lieder: over 150 of Schubert's songs, most of Schumann's, and then Loewe, Cornelius, Brahms and many more. Important cycles by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Wolff, Mahler etc. are given in their entirety. The translation, even though it does not preserve the rhyme, does preserve the line structure and serves its purpose to the fullest. English texts (W. Scott, W. Shakespeare etc.) used by composers in their German translation, are "back-translated" to English, rather than presented in their original form. The texts are alphabetically organised, and in addition to the poet's (or translator's) name, the names of (in most cases) all composers who wrote music to the text are given. There are 3 useful indices - one by author, one by composer and one general index. In the interesting introduction to the book, Fischer-Dieskau briefly sketches the history of the artistic song from his own very interesting point of view. And here one has to realise that this is indeed a personal anthology made by a great performer of the German Lied. Most of the texts, with very few exceptions, are originally in German, or used by the composers in their German translation. If the text is not in German, as in the case of Carpani's "In Questa Tomba Oscura", it is there since it is set to music by Beethoven, or Tchaikowski's setting for the Scottish ballad "Edward" is in the book probably just because he used the German translation...Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Arsov on November 4, 2012
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The Fischer-Dieskau Book of Lieder

The original texts of over seven hundred and fifty songs

chosen and introduced by
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

with English translations by
George Bird and Richard Stokes

Alfred A. Knopf, Hardback, 1977.
8vo. 435 pp. First American Edition. Introductory essay by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau [pp. 11-28]. Index of composers [pp. 415-420]. Index of Poets and Translators [pp. 420-425]. Index of Titles and First Lines [pp. 425-435].

First published in German as Texte Deutscher Lieder, 1968.
First published in English, 1976.

Contents

Translators' Note
A Note of Arranging and Indexing
German Song: An Essay by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
The Lieder Texts
Index of Composers
Index of Poets and Translators
Index of Titles and First Lines

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This is the perfect book for the aspiring Lieder lover.

The dustjacket boasts more than 750 texts and this is no joke. More than 150 of them are among those set to music by the indisputable king of the Lied: Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Other masters in the genre are also given a prominent place here: Schumann, Brahms, Mahler, Richard Strauss and Hugo Wolf. In fact, however, the list of composers is quite an extensive one, ranging from famous (Mozart, Beethoven) and obscure (Carl Friedrich Zelter, Johann Friedrich Reichardt) predecessors all the way to composers who were very much alive at the time when this book was first published, such as Ernst Pepping, Kurt Hessenberg and, surprisingly, the famous pianist Wilhelm Kempff who, few people remember today, was also a prolific composer.
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