Heimliche Aufforderung

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Heimliche Aufforderung
Lied by Richard Strauss
Auguste Renoir - Lovers - Google Art Project.jpg
Lovers, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1875.
English The Secret Invitation
Catalogue Op. 27 number 3, TrV 170.
Text Poem by John Henry Mackay
Language German
Composed May 22, 1894.[1]
Dedication Pauline de Ahna, composer's wife.
Scoring Voice and piano

"Heimliche Aufforderung" ("The Secret Invitation" or "The Lover's Pledge"), Op. 27 No. 3, is one of a set of four songs composed by Richard Strauss in 1894. It was originally for voice and piano, but it was orchestrated in 1929 by the German conductor Robert Heger.[2] The text is from a poem in German by John Henry Mackay.

The first phrase of the song is "Auf, hebe die funkelnde Schale empor" (In English: "Up, raise the sparkling cup").


Strauss composed the song in 1894 and gave it as a wedding present to his wife, the soprano Pauline de Ahna.

Strauss recorded the orchestral version in 1941 with Julius Patzak (tenor) and the Bavarian State Orchestra,[3] and in 1944 the piano version with himself accompanying Alfred Poell (baritone).[4]


Strauss altered three words slightly: the originals are in square brackets.

Instrumentation and accompaniment[edit]

Orchestration by Heger:

2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, percussion, harp and string section[6]

Opus 27[edit]

The other songs of Strauss' Opus 27:

  • Op. 27 No. 1 "Ruhe, meine Seele!" (Nicht ein Lüftchen regt sich leise)
  • Op. 27 No. 2 "Cäcilie" (Wenn du es wüßtest)
  • Op. 27 No. 4 "Morgen!" (Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen)


Ben Heppner, with orchestral accompaniment

Ben Heppner, with piano accompaniment

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Trenner, Franz (2003) Richard Strauss Chronik, Verlag Dr Richard Strauss Gmbh, Wien, ISBN 3-901974-01-6. Page 116.
  2. ^ Robert Heger 1929 Score
  3. ^ Richard Strauss, Vol. 8, Documents 291378, 2010.
  4. ^ Heimliche Aufforderung (Nr.27, 3), Richard Strauss, Alfred Poell., Richard Strauss begleitet (Vol. 1), 1999 Preiser Records
  5. ^ Heimliche Aufforderung The lovers' pledge, Für tiefe Stimme For a low voice, op. 27, no. 3, Richard Strauss, Wien Universal-Edition (5465c,7758c), 1912
  6. ^ Universal Edition full score

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