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Unger, Johann Karl (1771-1836)  
after Johann Niedermann

Johann Karl Unger

born: 1771
died: 1836
country: Austria

This Viennese man of letters, a good amateur musician, was born in Hungary; it was through him that Schubert spent two summers in that country. Unger published his Gedichte in 1797 (the volume contains a meditation on a Dryden poem). He married into the aristocracy having worked as an impecunious private tutor in his earlier years. It was on account of Unger’s friendship with Count Esterházy, whose country seat was at Zselíz, that Schubert was invited to be music teacher to the two young Esterházy countesses, Marie and Karoline, in 1818 and 1824. The autograph copy of Unger’s compositions in my possession (he composed songs to his own poems) includes Der Abend and Die Geselligkeit. In 1818 these two poems were set as vocal quartets (SATB) by Anselm Hüttenbrenner and Schubert (D609) respectively. This flattering attention might have prompted Unger to pull strings for Schubert and find him much-needed summer employment. Unger’s daughter Karoline appears later on these discs as a composer.

from notes by Graham Johnson 2006

Albums
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
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'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 28 – Maarten Koningsberger & John Mark Ainsley' (CDJ33028)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 28 – Maarten Koningsberger & John Mark Ainsley
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'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 34' (CDJ33034)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 34
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'Songs by Schubert's contemporaries' (CDJ33051/3)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
Complete works available for download
Die Nachtigall Susan Gritton (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
FRANZ SCHUBERT  (1797-1828)
Die Geselligkeit 'Lebenslust', D609 Patricia Rozario (soprano), Catherine Denley (contralto), Ian Bostridge (tenor), Michael George (bass), Graham Johnson (piano)
Die Nachtigall, D724 Paul Agnew (tenor), Jamie MacDougall (tenor), Simon Keenlyside (baritone), Michael George (bass), Graham Johnson (piano)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Bescheiden verborgen im buschichten Gang  First line to Die Nachtigall, D724 (Schubert)
Bescheiden verborgen im buschigen Gang  First line to Die Nachtigall (Unger)
Die Geselligkeit 'Lebenslust', D609 (Schubert)
Die Nachtigall (Unger)
Die Nachtigall, D724 (Schubert)
Wer Lebenslust fühlet, der bleibt nicht allein  First line to Die Geselligkeit 'Lebenslust', D609 (Schubert)
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