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My heart’s oppressed

for voice and piano

Year:  1930

Year:  1930

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'My heart’s oppressed’ comes from Goethe’s Faust, most famously set as ‘Gretchen am spinnrade’ ('Gretchen at the spinning wheel') by Schubert.

The music critic of the Canterbury Times writing in 1913 said ‘had she lived in the musical atmosphere of England her songs would no doubt, long ago have been heard in many countries.’ But he also observed ‘Her compositions are much above the average merit, and I think it only right to say that her songs should be printed and disseminated far and near.’ He mentions 'Song of the Cradle', 'My heart’s oppressed', and 'Hero Song' in his article, so they must have been composed before 1913.

Text note

Words by Johann von Goethe (1749 – 1838), from Faust