Gretchen am Spinnrade Op. 2, D , is a Lied composed by Franz Schubert using the text from Part One, Scene 18 of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust. Franz Liszt. Gretchen am Spinnrade (I & II), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. ), S. /8 & S. bis/8 (LW A42/8). Composition Information. Check out Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade, D (Arr. For Piano By Franz Liszt) by Yuja Wang on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD’s and MP3s.

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Liszt made solo piano transcriptions of more than 50 of Franz Schubert ‘s songs; his version of Gretchen am Spinnrade Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel is one of his most famous.

The alternate “bis” version contains a few textual differences, but pianists almost invariably perform S. Typically, Liszt preserves Schubert ‘s vocal line as loszt as the accompaniment virtually intact. He does, however, make the melody stand out with little delays of the downbeat, agogic adjustments that pull the vocal line out of the general piano sound. Liszt is intent on preserving the mood of the song, spinnrwde which Goethe gretchn bereft Gretchen spins incessantly, her memories of Faust building to the moment of their kiss, at which point both Gretchen and the spinning wheel break down.


It’s a somber, minor-key piece, with a slow, spare melody that is made tense and restless by the busy, spinning-wheel-like accompaniment. But after this he follows Schubert ‘s original coda much more closely.

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