Er, der Herrlichste von allen - He the Noblest of All - Franz Lachner
Editors: Xanthoudakis, E &J
Instrumentation: Piano, Soprano and Clarinet in A or B flat (or cello or violin)
Difficulty: C in A, and a D in B flat.
Price $ 23.95 US
Duration: approx 4.45 mins
Schubert’s friend Franz Lachner (1803-1890) hailed from a talented Bavarian family of musicians, completed his studies in Vienna, then began his career as deputy Kapellmeister at the city’s Kärntnerthor Theater, soon rising to principal Kapellmeister (alongside Conradin Kreutzer). After two years in Mannheim he became Hofkapellmeister at the Munich court (1836) until the advent of Wagner there in the mid-1860s. (Ironically Lachner’s conducting paved the way for Wagner by improving orchestral standards and introducing Tannhäuser and Lohengrin.) Greatly respected in his day for his operas, choral works, 8 symphonies and other orchestral pieces, concertos, chamber music, many songs, organ and piano music, the products of this huge industry lay largely neglected for a century after his death. Lately there has been a notable revival of interest in his oeuvre. Influenced much by Schubert, Lachner also had a fondness for the ‘trio’ combination of voice, piano, plus horn or cello or clarinet. The poetry for Er, Herrlichste von allen come from Frauenliebe und –Leben Op.82 (published 1847), settings of the cycle of poems by Adalbert von Chamisso which Robert Schumann and Carl Loewe also used.
Full German - English translations and historical notes are included.
NOTE: This work is also found on the recording by TrioKROMA on MOVE records: The Shepherd and the Mermaid ( MCD 472 ) and Signum: The Captive Nightingale ( SIGCD398 )