Cäcilie (Strauss)

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Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2, is the second in a set of four songs composed by Richard Strauss in 1894.

The words are from a love poem "Cäcilie" written by Heinrich Hart (1855-1906), a German dramatic critic and journalist who also wrote poetry. It was written for the poet's wife Cäcilie.

German pronunciation: [tsɛːˈtsiː.liːə], or UK English as "Cecilia".


Strauss composed the song at Weimar on 9 September 1894, the day before his wedding to the soprano Pauline de Ahna, as a wedding present to her.

Instrumentation and accompaniment[edit]

The song was originally written with piano accompaniment in the key of E major, but later orchestrated in his 'heroic' key of E. The instrumentation is: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in E, 2 trumpets in E, 3 trombones, tuba, 3 timpani, harp and the orchestral string section.[1]

The tempo direction is "Sehr lebhaft und drängend".[2]

Strauss, in his rich and lively orchestration, included parts for a solo string player from each section.

The change of key a semitone down from E to E explains why, from bar 34 on the violas are asked to play the note B, a semitone below the lowest note normally possible on the instrument. At this point Strauss asks half the violas to tune this string down a semitone.[3]


Opus 27[edit]

The other songs of Strauss' Opus 27:


There are many recordings of this, one of Strauss's most popular songs.


Orchestral accompaniment:

Orchestral accompaniment, sound only:

Piano accompaniment:

Piano acccompaniment, sound only:

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Strauss Lieder, Complete Edition Vol. IV, London, 1965, Boosey & Hawkes
  2. ^ Full score: "Very lively and urgent".
  3. ^ Note in the full score: "Die Hälfte nach H unstimmen"
  4. ^ Hart: "kämst"
  5. ^ Hart: "Höhen"

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