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Pax vobiscum, D551
First line:
Der Friede sei mit euch!
composer
April 1817; published in 1831
author of text

Recordings
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
Buy by post £150.00 CDS44201/40  40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 3 – Ann Murray' (CDJ33003)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 3 – Ann Murray
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDJ33003  Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40  
Details
Track 9 on CDJ33003 [5'12] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 13 on CDS44201/40 CD18 [5'12] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Pax vobiscum, D551
Only a few weeks (perhaps even less) after the composition of Der Jüngling und der Tod which was, as we have seen, an exploration of pantheistic longings, we have here a song which is fit for use in a church. In actual fact it is the only one of Schubert's songs which was heard (with specially written new verses by Schober, and arranged with wind instrument accompaniment) at the composer's funeral on 21 November 1828. How could it be that such fervent religiosity could live side by side with the religious scepticism of other works? We have no evidence that Schober was religious (indeed his hedonism seems to have shown a total disregard for the concept of sin) and the only real evidence of Schubert's religious feelings is the quality of his church music. But here I would like to put forward the notion that the composer's empathy, his sensitivity towards the feelings of others, and his ability as a supreme actor-in-music, were what made him able to feel at one with the true believer. However inexperienced he was, for example, as a connoisseur of women in the flesh, he was a master at entering into their spirits whether they were passionate, tearful or playful. He was also able to become an athletic hunter, a powerful king, a monk in his cell, indeed all the things he was not. The famous Ave Maria tells us more of the piety of the highland girl Ellen than of Schubert's own faith. He was not a particularly pious Christian, but could nevertheless write Pax vobiscum without any hypocrisy. Schober's words prompt from Schubert a chorale in the North German manner, granite-like in its conviction, but shot through with touches of tenderness in the vocal line. Here was the conventional and accepted way of facing the horrors of death. Church music and its particular range of colour and emotion was an everyday fact of Schubert's life. He lived joyously in the world as it surrounded him, reflecting gladly not only what he saw and felt, but what others saw and felt too.

from notes by Graham Johnson 1989

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Details for CDJ33003 track 9
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-00309
Duration
5'12
Recording date
18 November 1988
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 3 Ann Murray (CDJ33003)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: December 1989
    Deletion date: November 2012
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 18 Track 13
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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