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Merz Trio “Traumgekrönt”

We honored Alban Berg on his birthday anniversary—February 9—with the release of a new video, an arrangement of the composer’s song “Traumgekrönt” performed by the Merz Trio, Gold Medal winners in the Senior Strings Division of the prestigious 2019 Fischoff Chamber Music Association Competition. 

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We honored Alban Berg (1885-1935) on his birthday anniversary—February 9—with the release of a new video, an arrangement of the composer’s song “Traumgekrönt” performed by the Merz Trio, Gold Medal winners in the Senior Strings Division of the prestigious 2019 Fischoff Chamber Music Association Competition.

Alban Berg: “Traumgekrönt” from Sieben Früher Lieder, performed by the Merz Trio
Brigid Coleridge, violin
Lee Dionne, piano
Julia Yang, cello

Filmed in Guarneri Hall, Chicago Video by Grittani Creative.
Executive producer and director: Stefan Hersh
Sound engineer: Christopher Willis

This exquisite arrangement of Berg’s evocative song was created by Merz pianist Lee Dionne. The text of the song by R.M. Rilke (1875-1926) and a translation are below:

Das war der Tag der weißen Chrysanthemen,
Mir bangte fast vor seiner Pracht…
Und dann, dann kamst du mir die Seele nehmen
Tief in der Nacht.
Mir war so bang, und du kamst lieb und leise,
Ich hatte grad im Traum an dich gedacht.
Du kamst, und leis’ wie eine Märchenweise
Erklang die Nacht.

That was the day of white chrysanthemums;
I almost trembled before its glory…
And then, then you came to me to take my soul
Deep in the night.
I felt so anxious, and you came so lovingly and gently;
I had just been thinking about you in a dream.
You came, and softly, like a fairy tale,
the night resounded.

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