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Erinnerung 'Totenopfer', D101

First line:
Kein Rosenschimmer leuchtet dem Tag zur Ruh!
composer
April 1814; published in 1894
author of text

 
The dry bareness of the opening of this song, and its key of E minor, remind us of the desolation of Trockne Blumen from Die schöne Müllerin. With the third line of the poem we hear another song prefigured, this time the Mayrhofer setting Atys with its rocking 6/8 semiquaver accompaniment and seamless vocal line. In the third verse, the modulation from minor to major, standard Schubertian device though it is, is a little miracle of seasonal evocation, with mingled musings of both autumn and spring. The semiquavers which have stopped for this serene couple of lines, are brought back to evoke the rustling of new-born leaves and the planetary motions of the earth as the poet looks back at the beautiful world from the far-away starry realms of heaven. This is one of the very finest of the Matthisson settings, with a maturity and economy astonishing even for Schubert in 1814.

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 CDS44201/40Download currently discounted

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Track 10 on CDJ33005 [2'29] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 8 on CDS44201/40 CD3 [2'29] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

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