Das Grab, D377

First line:
Das Grab ist tief und stille
composer
Third setting; first published by J P Gotthard in 1872
author of text

 
This chorus was written within a few days of Der Tod Oscars, and makes a suitably lachrymose commentary on the field of carnage with which that ballad ended. It is the third time that Schubert had attempted to set this text chorally, and not the last Schubert's interest in the other poetry of Salis-Seewis (there are four solo settings) seems to have been initiated by the extravagant care that he took to set this poem in different ways. This C minor setting is perhaps the most austere of the five different versions; it seems almost drained of feeling in its graveside grief.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1995

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 23 – Christoph Prégardien
CDJ33023Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40

Details

Track 2 on CDJ33023 [2'03] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 20 on CDS44201/40 CD12 [2'03] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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