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Trinklied, D267

First line:
Auf! Jeder sei nun froh und sorgenfrei!
composer
first published in 1872
author of text

 
The marking is ‘Feurig’(‘fiery’) and yet the dynamic for the introduction of this chorus for four men’s voices is pianissimo; Schubert obviously relished the sudden contrast between these four bars from the piano and the sudden fortissimo when the voices enter the fray. The accompaniment’s left hand consists of restlessly moving staccato quavers, sometimes in single notes and sometimes doubled in octaves, which suggest an orchestral accompaniment with détaché bowing from the lower strings. The repeat mark is the only encouragement necessary to sing these cheerful anonymous words again. The text promises happiness and comfort to anyone burdened with care who comes to this gathering.

How well, and for how long have these words kept their promise to Schubertians everywhere! Life under Metternich was uncomfortable in spiritual terms and Schubert’s music must have seemed a refuge of sanity and goodness. Without freedom of speech and thought, and without the benefit of gas lamp, much less electric light, the musical citizens of Vienna seem not to have gone without enlightenment and radiance. How we envy those first Schubertians their ability to have simply walked through a door and encountered first performances of countless pieces of life-enhancing music, created in many cases specifically for their enjoyment. That lucky band, unaware that it was only thanks to Schubert that many of their names would achieve immortality, were witnesses to, moreover participants in, a miraculous combination of creativity and sociability which is without parallel in the history of music.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1994

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 20
CDJ33020Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40Download currently discounted

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Track 32 on CDJ33020 [1'13] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 15 on CDS44201/40 CD9 [1'13] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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