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Mein Gruss an den Mai, D305

First line:
Sie mir gegrüst, o Mai! mit deinem Blütenhimmel
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first published 1895
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This is a charming little trifle with delightful piano interludes and a merry postlude. The poem, which is of no great import, has nine verses. Schubert wrote out the first verse, and added the words 'eight more verses' under the stave. This is a rare instance of a miscalculation. Schubert (perhaps unintentionally) trifled with the poet's words in the fifth line of the music and instead of Ermin's words 'du fröhliches Gewimmel' he expands it to 'mit deinem fröhlichen Gewimmel'. As he set the poem, did his eye perhaps stray up to the second line of the text in front of him, when he should have been looking at the third? This amplification of the text works very well for the first verse—the composer makes it fit, but it renders the other strophes unsingable with the music as there are too few syllables of text for the number of notes! On this occasion we have opted simply to repeat the words of the first verse which is short and charming enough to warrant a second hearing.

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 21 on CDJ33007 [1'36] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 21 on CDS44201/40 CD10 [1'36] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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