Busslied op. 48 nr. 6 another version of last 12 bars, Hess 141 (mp3)
Performer: Mark S. Zimmer
The 6 Gellert songs op.48 take a unique position in Beethoven's oeuvre. They seem to express a deepening of his spirituality, which may well be related to the crises of the Heiligenstaedt Testament, http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/~simonj/lvb/ht.html.
These final 12 bars for the last of the Gellert songs date from 1803.
nimmt sich meiner Seelen an der Herr erhoert mein Schreyn der Herr erhoert mein Flehn und nimmt sich meiner Seelen an.
We have also included an mp3 version of the entire song Hess 141, incorporating this variant of the last 12 bars. The differences are not enormous, and are primarily found in the piano part. Most notably, in the first two bars of this variant, the right hand part of the piano is syncopated, echoing the syncopation in the 12th bar from the beginning of the song and tying it together. Why Beethoven eliminated this effective reminder of the beginning is unknown, but he may have thought it distracted from the vocal line.
Overture 4 and Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 were used in the creation of this mp3.