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The Book of Lieder

Richard Stokes

The Book of Lieder, edited by Richard Stokes and with a foreword by Ian Bostridge, is an invaluable collection of over a thousand classic Lieder, in parallel German and English text.

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This unique volume contains, in parallel translation, a thousand of the most frequently performed Lieder, both piano-accompanied and orchestral. Composers are arranged alphabetically, with their songs appearing under poet in chronological order of composition – thus allowing the reader to engage in depth with a particular poet and at the same time to follow the composer’s development. Richard Stokes, whose work in this field is already widely acclaimed, provides illuminating short essays on each of the fifty composers’ approach to Lieder composition, as well as well as notes on all the poets who inspired the songs.

The volume is notable for the accuracy and elegance of its translations, and for its fidelity to the German verse: every care has been taken to print the words of the sung text, while adhering to the versification and punctuation of the original poem.

Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann, Goethe, Heine and Schiller are among the highlights of a book which illuminates one of the great musical traditions and will be an indispensable handbook for every music lover.


Richard Stokes, Professor of Lieder at the Royal Academy of Music, is a regularjuror at international Song Competitions. For the operatic stage he has translatedWozzeck and La voix humaine (Opera North), and Parsifal, Lulu, L’Amour de loin andJakob Lenz (ENO). His books include The Spanish Song Companion (with JacquelineCockburn), A French Song Companion (with Graham Johnson) (OUP), The Book of…

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