Ludwig van Beethoven

Mit einem gemalten Band, song for voice & piano, Op. 83/3

    Description by James Leonard

    Composed in 1810 as the third of his three Op. 83 Lieder, Beethoven's Mit einem gemalten Band (With a Painted Ribbon) is the fastest, the shortest, and the most complicated of the three songs. Beethoven sets Goethe's four-verse poem as a modified strophic song in E flat major with the first and last verses in the tonic and the central two verses in the subdominant major. The gracefully arpeggiated accompaniment gently supports the simple, folk song-like melody through all four verses, easing the music from the tonic to the subdominant and back again with delicacy and grace. In the last verse, Beethoven repeats the last two lines of the poem and adds a brief but affecting cadenza for the singer at the poem's point of highest emotion. The result is perhaps the most successful of the three Op. 83 songs.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 ABC Classics
    2017 ABC Classics
    2016 Vivat VIVAT 112
    2014 Querstand QUE 1406
    2013 Brilliant Classics 94630
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94052
    2011 Membran 232763
    2010 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099945543
    2007 Brilliant Classics 93525
    2007 EMI Classics 87739
    2007 EMI Classics 3777672
    2006 Amon Ra 15
    2004 Symposium 1339
    2003 Harmonia Mundi 901801
    1999 Vocal Archives 1146
    1999 Berlin Classics 0021782
    1997 Bluebell 041
    1996 Deutsche Grammophon 447 921-2GBM
    1995 Intersound 830851
    1993 Berlin Classics 0020822
    Discover 920276
    Amerimusic 1201
    Teldec 844061
    Brilliant 93525/75
    Documents 223080-303