An die Laute, D905

First line:
Leiser, leiser, kleine Laute
composer
January 1827; published in 1827 as Op 88 No 2
author of text

 
'A flower of a song, a daisy' says Capell, and so it is. This little serenade owes much to Don Giovanni's 'Deh, vieni alla finestra' but we have the sound of the lute in lieu of the mandoline. It is a miracle that there is so much in this song: the excitement and trepidation (the way the vocal line climbs high to an F sharp suggests this), the intrigue, the flickering of the lamp in the window, the way that the breezes, moonlight and scent of flowers seem to insinuate themselves into the picture like a lover slipping through a door left discreetly ajar, and not least the delighted points-scoring against the jealous neighbours. The singer must be playing the lute himself, but he addresses it charmingly as if, like Sparky's Magic Piano, it has a life and will of its own.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1990

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 6 – Anthony Rolfe Johnson
CDJ33006Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Schubert: The Songmakers' Almanac Schubertiade
CDD220102CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted

Details

Track 10 on CDD22010 CD1 [1'43] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Track 15 on CDJ33006 [1'35] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 17 on CDS44201/40 CD32 [1'35] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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