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Am ersten Maimorgen, D344

First line:
Heute will ich fröhlich, fröhlich sein
c1816; privately published by Reinhard van Hoorickx
author of text

The album of seventeen songs which Schubert put together for Therese Grob in November 1816 contains three songs that were found only in that source. The first of these is a Klage of doubtful authenticity (formerly D512 but exiled in the second edition of Deutsch to the appendix) and the others are on this record - Am ersten Maimorgen and Mailied. Both of these songs are delightful without being very demanding, and both had to wait private publication by Reinhard Van Hoorickx. The opening of Am ersten Maimorgen with its G major tune in ascending thirds and its suggestion of nursery-rhyme simplicity puts us in mind of the Hölty setting Die frühe Liebe earlier in this recital. The poet Claudius (this was probably Schubert's introduction to the north German poet) has an earthy love of the simple joys of life in common with Hölty. Claudius was soon to lead the composer into darker and more profound utterances than this (the next song on this disc is an example) but the merry side of Claudius we hear in this song is just as much a part of Der Wandsbecker Bote ('The Wandsbecker Messenger', the paper Claudius edited and also his nickname) as Der Tod und das Mädchen.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1995


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


Track 25 on CDJ33023 [1'30] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 10 on CDS44201/40 CD12 [1'30] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 12 track 10

Recording date
17 September 1994
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 23 – Christoph Prégardien (CDJ33023)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: May 1995
    Deletion date: March 2012
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 12 Track 10
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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