Music Reviews: "Frauen komponieren, 25 Lieder für Singstimme und Klavier," Hrsg. von Eva Rieger und Käte Walter, and "Famous Poets, Neglected Composers: Songs to Lyrics by Goethe, Heine, Mörike, and Others," Edited by J. W. Smeed
Reviews two collections of rare lieder, beginning with Rieger and Walter's "Women Compose: 25 Lieder for Voice and Piano," (Schott, 1992, 72p, no price given) which is taken to task for what is seen as haphazard and insufficiently documented instances of editorial changes from some other published editions. Argues that while this appears to be a performing rather than a scholarly resource, the very unfamiliarity of the songs chosen should dictate more careful attention to changes made in original manuscript or printed sources. Finds Smeed's anthology excellently done, presenting a fascinating counterpart to the works of the great 19th-century masters of the lied by making available the works of obscure contemporaries.