Alma Mahler

Bei dir ist es traut, for voice & piano (5 Songs (1910))

    Description by James Leonard

    Alma Schindler composed her setting of Rainer Maria Rilke's Bei dir ist es traut (With You It Is Comfortable) sometime in 1899, that is, after her affair with Gustav Klimt and while she was a pupil of the blind organist Josef Labor. It is a simple but charming strophic song with a melody of small range, a harmonic scheme with no modulation beyond the subdominant and dominant, and a rhythm incessantly repeated in the piano accompaniment. It was one of her 14 songs to survive and one of the five songs published by Universal Edition in 1910. Colin and Dennis Matthews arranged the piano accompaniment for orchestra and it is in that form that Bei dir ist es traut is sometimes heard.

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2013
    Carus
    Carus 83370
    2012
    Astormedia / Preiser Records
    AST 170286
    2009
    Claves
    502904
    2006
    Globe Records
    5199
    2002
    Audite
    97485
    2002
    Gall (formerly Gallo)
    1070
    2001
    Arcobaleno
    94452
    2001
    Original Soundtrack
    Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Distribution
    584
    2001
    Koch International Classics
    375062
    1999
    Nosag Records
    039
    1998
    Gasparo Records
    1015
    1997
    London/Decca / London / Polygram
    455112
    1997
    Sony Music Distribution
    68344
    1995
    Preiser Records
    93401
    1995
    Arcobaleno
    93292
    1993
    CPO
    999018
    Adda
    581208
    Victoria
    19069