The polish/czech composer Theophil Franz Xaver Scharwenka (1850 – 1924) started out as a protegé of Liszt, and was a friend of Johannes Brahms and Max Bruch. He was an excellent pianist, and his first piano concerto op. 32 was probably his greatest success. The song “Sonnenlicht! Sonnenschein!” (Sunlight! Sunshine!), really is in strophic form, but Scharwenka uses the technique of figural variation to give each verse a colour of its own.
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