Reinhard Van Hoorickx solved the problem of completing this fragment by going to the composer’s second setting of these words (D203) from May 1815. This was one of five songs (D199, D202, D203, D204, D205 with two texts by Hölty and three by Körner) written for two unaccompanied voices or two horns. These were probably pièces d’occasion which Schubert composed for outdoor performance during country excursions outside Vienna in the warm month of May. The opening of the piano-accompanied version recorded here suggests horns anyway with its alternating thirds and sixths and both songs bear the marking ‘Lieblich’ (‘charming’). As the two settings seem related in various ways, Van Hoorickx has taken the vocal line from D203 (from ‘glühend wie die Himmels Braut’ to the end of the song) and transposed it from E flat to G flat. It so happens that the two tunes join up happily and that this transposition provides the tenor voice with a tessitura which matches Schubert’s original intention. The justification for this completion (if one were needed) is that it would have been a pity to lose the wonderful opening phrase entirely. Although the entire vocal line is genuine Schubert, the text printed above uses italics for the passages completed by Father Van Hoorickx.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1994