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Täglich zu singen, D533

First line:
Ich danke Gott und freue mich
composer
February 1817; published as a piano arrangement in 1876; as a song in 1895
author of text

 
It is a measure of Schubert's astonishing versatility that this little song was composed soon after the famous Der Tod und das Mädchen, and only a little before the epic Ossian setting Die Nacht (Volume 6), and Ganymed. It was only in his imagination that the composer could roam the Scottish moors and the Elysian fields of the two last-named songs, but surely here is a milieu with which he was all too familiar—the schoolroom. Even the music has the look of a contrapuntal exercise. By this time Schubert had broken free of the drudgery of teaching at his father's school, but it was still, in a way, the family business, and Ferdinand Schubert was still there, adding new words to his brother's tunes to make music suitable for the young. It is surely not impossible that Schubert's willingness to provide music for friends to sing, could well have extended to his former pupils, who were still his brother's charges. The very title suggests the litany of the classroom: the old-fashioned harmony underlines old-fashioned values, and although one is sure that Schubert was no stringent disciplinarian, the little interlude wags and jabs fingers of emphatic authority. In his own sturdy way the poet's gratitude for the beauties of life is no less than Ganymede's. As is often the case with music of this genre one is reminded of the tone of an earthy and wise character from Shakespeare, with his feet firmly on the ground.

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. 5 – Elizabeth Connell
CDJ33005Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40

Details

Track 8 on CDJ33005 [1'28] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 26 on CDS44201/40 CD17 [1'28] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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