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O Quell, was strömst du rasch und wild 'Die Blume und der Quell', D874

January (?) 1826; fragment completed and first published in 1959 by Reinhard van Hoorickx
author of text
from the Poetisches Tagebuch

This fragment consists of four bars of introduction and fourteen bars of virtually unaccompanied melody—only just enough to make it worth including in a sequence of Schulze songs. It is the only one of them which does not speak directly in the poet's own persona. The analogy of Love speaking to Life, or the flower to the river (on 8 January 1814 in the Poetisches Tagebuch) is not extremely promising as a match for the direct and searing statements of many of the other Schulze songs. An August Schlegel song Lebensmelodien from 1816 had adopted a similar pattern (a conversation among swan, eagle and doves) but it does not number among the composer's great successes; when putting words into the mouths, as it were, of rivers, mountains, butterflies and birds (as in the Schlegel Abendröthe settings) Schubert is happier at dealing with one character singing at a time. The greatest dialogue song for one singer is of course Der Müller und der Bach, the penultimate song of Die schöne Müllerin. That song of miller and stream brings another song from the same cycle to mind, Eifersucht und Stolz, in which the overflowing turbulent stream mirrors the miller's jealousy. O Quell, was strömst du rasch und wild is reminiscent of that work, the piano accompaniment bubbling excitedly in the same manner.

The last two bars of the vocal line ('erschaue'), as well as all but the opening five bars of piano writing, are provided by Reinhard Van Hoorickx. In this performance the first two bars of the introduction are recapitulated as a coda.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1993


Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 18 – Peter Schreier
CDJ33018Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40


Track 15 on CDJ33018 [0'41] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 4 on CDS44201/40 CD31 [0'41] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDJ33018 track 15

Recording date
25 August 1992
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 18 – Peter Schreier (CDJ33018)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: June 1993
    Deletion date: June 2009
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 31 Track 4
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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