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Wer kauft Liebesgötter?, D261

First line:
Von allen schönen Waren
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first published 1850
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This poem was written in 1795 as part of an intended sequel for Die Zauberflöte, as a duet for Papageno and Papagena. The poet revered Mozart whom he had once seen when the infant prodigy (seven years younger than himself) had visited Frankfurt. Of course Goethe had no great success in finding a composer adequate to the task of worthily setting such a libretto, but on this showing he might have done worse than Schubert who needed no extra encouragement to pay homage to his idol Mozart, or to make a musical bow in the direction of the greatest of all Singspiele. As with Die Spinnerin the tessitura is cruelly high in the original key of C major; could it be that these songs were conceived for Therese Grob whose vocal accomplishments included a D in alt? There is a suggestive quality in the words which might have appealed to her less as a good church-going girl. This song would be more performed if there was more time to breathe, and the words, in this pert tempo, were not such a mouthful.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1989

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 7 – Elly Ameling
CDJ33007Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40

Details

Track 15 on CDJ33007 [2'25] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 8 on CDS44201/40 CD9 [2'25] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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