Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Great Regulars: "Lurlei", discovered amongst some of [David] Balfour's

papers in the National Library of Scotland, did not appear in his collection. Maybe he felt the legend was not sufficiently Scottish: the most well-known version is probably Heinrich Heine's poem "Die Lorelei" (1824), which was set to music by Franz Liszt several times between 1841 and 1859 and by Clara Schumann in 1843. But drowned sailors slide easily into the Scottish ballad tradition as well.

from The Times Literary Supplement: Poem of the Week: "Lurlei"


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