You can use freely these accompaniments for either private or public rehearshal or concert performance (with the singer). You can use them for radio broadcast if you mention that all accompaniments are by Xavier Palacios. For Tv broadcast you will need to ask a written permission to Xavier Palacios (The artist and Producer).
Xavier Palacios studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris de Paris with Antonio Ruiz Pipo, a pupil of Alfred Cortot, and Billy Eidi, a renowed accompanist of French song. He also studied Musical analysis with Ginette keller, a pupil of Nadia Boulanger. He has given many recitals in France and has been the assistant and accompanist of Laurence Russel Albert (Pushkin Prize, Metropolitan Opera) for a few years.
This volume contains the Piano Accompaniments of the whole Dichterliebe Op 48 song cycle for Bass, Bass-Baritone, Contralto and Countertenor. The work was dedicated by Robert Schumann to the great Soprano Wilhemine Schroeder Devrient, it was subsequently transposed for Low Voice a third, or a fourth down. Some songs are only slightly transposed, like "Allnächtlich im Traume", "Ich hab im Traum geweinet" (one tone down), or Ich grolle nicht (C:original key). For Baritones and Bass Baritones it is difficult to get the High, full throated A. We give here a transposition for this song, in Bb. You will find the accompaniment in the original key (C) in the Dichterliebe accompaniments albums for High Voice, and in the album for Medium Voice (plus a transposition in B in the Medium Voice Album).
All lyrics are by Heinrich Heine.
The work was composed in 1840, first published in 1844 by Peters in the original High range (Tenor or Soprano).
The Edition suitable for this Bass, Bass-Baritone, Contralto and Countertenor Album is the IMC (International Music company) Low Voice Edition. The key corresponding to this edition is always the Lower key (it comes second on the list because we always give the higher key first.)
For example, in the first song :
01 I Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (F)
02 I Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (E) (IMC Low Voice Edition)
The second key (E) matches the IMC Low Voice Edition, sung by many Bass singers, including Thomas Quasthoff.
Here is the key chart used by Gerald Finley (Check out his album in iTunes), we give it here because he transposes a half tone Higher than the Quatshoff (IMC Low Edition) to suit his Voice perfectly :
I. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (F) 1/2 tone Higher than IMC Low Ed
II. Aus meinen Tränen spriessen (F) 1/2 tone Higher than IMC Low Ed
III. Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube (Bb) 1/2 tone Higher than IMC Low Ed
IV. Wenn ich in deine Augen seh (Eb) 1/2 tone Higher than IMC Low Ed
V. Ich will meine Seele tauchen (Gm) Same as IMC Low Edition
VI. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome (Cm) Same as IMC Low Edition
VII. Ich grolle nicht (Bb) 1/2 tone Higher than IMC Low Ed
VIII. Und wüssten’s die Blumen die kleinen (Gm) 1/2 tone Higher than IMC Low Ed
XI. Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen (Dm) Same as IMC Medium Edition
X. Hör’ ich das Liedchen klingen (Fm) 1/2 tone Higher than IMC Low Ed
XI. Ein jüngling liebt ein Mâdchen (Db) 1/2 tone Higher than IMC Low Ed
XII. Am leuchtendem Sommermorgen (Ab) 1/2 tone Higher than IMC Low Ed
XIII. Ich hab’im Traum geweinet (Dm) 1/2 tone Higher than IMC Low Ed
XIV. Allnâchtlich im Traume (A) Same as IMC Low Edition
XIV. Aus Alten Märchen (C) Same as IMC Low Edition
XVI. Die alten, bösen Lieder (Am) Same as IMC Low Edition
For some fast songs, like VIII. Und wüssten’s die Blumen die kleinen,
XI. Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen and XIV. Aus Alten Märchen, we give a slower version prior to the recommended tempo for the song.
For XIII. Ich hab’ im traum geweinet in the style of a recitative I have included a version with melody samples when the melody is unaccompanied for more than one bar, to get the correct timing. The version without the melody samples includes however the first two notes of the melody.
This album of Schumann's Dichterliebe is part of a complete edition of Dichterliebe accompaniments which matches all authoritative High, Medium and Low Editions,and follow the usage of renowned recording artists of German Lieder, notably Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer Dieskau (Baritone), Gerald Finley and Thomas Quasthoff (Bass-baritone).