Joseph Joachim, “Im Herbst.” Lied after Ludwig Uhland (Leipzig, 22 December, 1849), Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung (Sammlung Musikerbriefe an Hermann und Raymund Härtel, Mus. Sig. Härtel 117.

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Mus.Sig Härtel 117

On the MS, in foreign hand, appears the question “Joachim? Jedenfalls” (“Joachim? In any case”). Beneath, Joachim has written, humorously: “Leider von mir! Joseph Joachim Berlin den 14ten Februar 1906” (“Unfortunately by me! Joseph Joachim Berlin 14 February, 1906”). The joke stems from many years earlier, in England, when a group of his songs appeared on a program as “Leider by Joachim” instead of “Lieder by Joachim.” (“Unfortunately by Joachim” instead of “Songs by Joachim”) Joachim often told that story at his own expense.


Ludwig Uhland (1787-1847)
Im Herbste [Joachim: “Herbst”]

Seid gegrüßt mit Frühlingswonne,
Blauer Himmel, goldne Sonne!
Drüben auch aus Gartenhallen
Hör´ ich frohe Saiten* schallen.

Ahnest du, o Seele wieder
Sanfte, süße Frühlingslieder?
Sieh umher die falben Bäume!
Ach! Es waren holde Träume.

*Joachim changed this to “Lieder.”