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Episode #1519

Program #1519

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Friday, August 22, 2003

Walther von der Vogelweide (c.1170-1230) was a minnesinger (German troubadour) and poet of noble birth, and possibly the finest lyric poet of medieval Germany. On this April 20, 1998 edition of New Sounds, we hear one of the very few surviving melodies of Walther von der Vogelweide. The "Palästinalied" is the song of a German soldier doing his duty for God and country, by going off to Palestine to fight in the crusades (its subtitle translates as "Only now has my life found its true worth"). The work has been interpreted by a number of modern-day musicians, including Lou Harrison, Estampie, and Radio Tarifa.

Program #1519 Theme & Variations: Walther von der Vogelweide's Palästinalied (First aired on 4/20/98)

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Thomas Binkley, Studio der Frühen Musik

Troubadours, Trouveres, Minstrels

Nu Alrest Lebe Ich Mir Werde (5:00)

Teldec #97938 . Available for purchase at Amazon.com*

Estampie

Crusaders - in Nomine Domini

Palästinalied (5:00)

Christophorus #77183
dist. by Qualiton Imports, www.qualiton.com. Also try www.estampie.de

Lou Harrison

Music of Lou Harrison

Variations on Walther von der Vogelweide's 'Nu Alrest Leb'ich Mir Werde (5:00)

CRI #613, now out of print. Try Amazon.com*

Radio Tarifa

Rumba Argelina

Nu Alrest (7:00)

World Circuit/Nonesuch #79472 **. Amazon.com*

Pilgrimage

9 Songs of Ecstasy

Land of Ecstasy (based on Palästinalied) (5:30)

Point Music #814 536 201 **. Amazon.com*

Mieczyslaw Litwinski

Live, WNYC, 9/90

Das Palästinalied (9:00)

Not commercially available.

I Ciarlatani

Codex Manesse

Alrest Lebe Ich Mir Werde (5:30)

Christophorus #77192
dist. by Qualiton Imports, www.qualiton.com.

Ensemble für Frühe Musik Augsburg

Troubadours, Trouveres, Minnesänger

Tempus Transit Gelidum (2:00)

Christophorus #74519. dist. by Qualiton Imports, www.qualiton.com.

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