A song for soprano and piano on a poem by
Siegfried August Mahlmann
On 7 November 2019, pianist and piano pedagogue Janine Dispa-van Mever passed away at the age of ninety. I came to know her as an excellent teacher, who helped me to largely overcome the professional disease focal dystonia that cast a shadow over my career as a pianist. The funeral card that I received after her death contained a beautiful poem, the Herbstlied [Autumn Song] by Siegfried August Mahlmann, an early Romantic playwright, novelist and poet. Inspired by the comforting words of this poem, in which the farewell to life is so beautifully sung, this song came into being in the winter of 2019–20. In grateful memory I would like to dedicate the composition to Janine van Mever. The song is set for “high voice” (soprano or tenor), but may of course be transposed for lower voices. For a performance by mezzo-soprano or baritone E minor is suggested, for alto or bass C minor.
© 2020 AB Music Productions & Editions – The Hague.
Number of pages: 8, including a short preface in Dutch and English.
Available through the usual music channels (distribution by Hal Leonard in Holland and Belgium) or direct from AB Music Productions & Editions.