Christian Wilhelm von Schütz

born: 1776
died: 1847
country: Germany

Wilhelm von Schütz was a Prussian nobleman (his title was Landrat) who dabbled in the theatre, and succeeded in writing a few pieces which were populär in their time. Lacrimas from which Delphine (and its male companion-piece Florio) were taken, was the first of his tragedies. Schubert (who no doubt came across these plays in a book, rather than in the theatre) would have thought of him as a Berlin writer, but Schütz moved to Dresden in 1833 and broadened his writing sympathies, penning articles and tracts on such diverse things as religion, industry and poetry. He was responsible for publishing the first German edition of Casanova's works. A somewhat grotesque sequel, for which the poet is not to blame, is that Joseph Goebbels wrote his doctoral thesis on the works of Schütz.

from notes by Graham Johnson 1990

Albums

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 26 – Christine Schäfer, John Mark Ainsley & Richard Jackson
CDJ33026Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40Download currently discounted
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 9 – Arleen Auger
CDJ33009Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Ach, was soll ich beginnen  
Lied der Delphine 'Delphine'  
Lied des Florio 'Florio'  
Nun, da Schatten niedergleiten  
Zwei Szenen aus dem Schauspiel 'Lacrimas', D857 (Schubert)