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- Genre: Romantic (1838)
- Format: Printed Book or digital PDF [8 pages]
Composed in response to a comment by Robert Schumann about 'female music', Johanna Kinkel wrote this rumbustious drinking song to prove that women could be as robust as men in their composing style. Scored for tenor solo and chorus, it was during a particularly happy part of Johanna's life, when she was living in Berlin and enjoying the company of other female composers such as Fanny (Mendelssohn) Hensel.
Sing it with the original German words or with the faithful and sing-able English translation by Roz Trubger.
[computer generated samples of all 6 songs)
Johanna Kinkel (also Mathieux, Mockel) made her mark in the worlds of both music and literature and her life makes a fascinating story. Born in Bonn, her childhood music studies were with Beethoven’s teacher. As an adult, she was a friend of Fanny Mendelssohn and Karl Marx. She got caught up in the revolutionary events of 1849 and emigrated to London after helping her husband escape from Spandau prison. Her short life ended tragically when she fell from her bedroom window near Paddington station.