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An Minna WoO 115 for voice and piano (1790-92, Beethoven aged 21)
Dedication not known
Background and Critical Reception
Very little is known or written about this short song, but it appears to be another of the small nuggets Beethoven completed before departure from Bonn to Vienna in late 1792. The text is anonymous and even a translation could not be found online.
An Minna is a brief song indeed. Barely has it started then Beethoven wraps it up very quickly! It has a positive complexion though, despite slightly awkward phrasing (no doubt text related). The vocal line feels quite plaintive in the baritone version, and the piano has plenty of room.
Peter Schreier (tenor), Walter Obertz (piano)
Hermann Prey (baritone), Leonard Hokanson (piano)
As befits most of his Beethoven songs so far, Schreier does not hang about but has a nice, bright tone. Prey, in a lower ranger, is fuller and broader in scope.
Peter Schreier & Walter Obertz
Hermann Prey & Leonard Hokanson
Also written in 1792 Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle La Marseillaise
Next up Duo for two flutes in G major