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Lilla an die Morgenröte, D273

First line:
Wie schön bist du, du güldne Morgenröte
first published in 1895
author of text

This is one of the six Lieder and three partsongs that Schubert composed on 25 August 1815. Despite the fact that it was born part of a crowded litter, it is a jewel of repose and spacious inner celebration — it sounds as if the composer had all the time in the world. It also seems the result of cool contemplation in the mountains, rather than fevered creativity (Vienna can also be extremely hot in August) in the tiny house in the Säulengasse. Schubert uses a typical horn motif rather than the flute scales which might have been suggested by the text, but his Attic restraint in the matter of elaboration lends a statuesque and religious (in a pagan sense) quality to the music. Lilla seems as much priestess as shepherdess. The spatial sense of echo reminds one of the Mayrhofer Abschied (D475, Volume 3) where a pilgrims' chorus resounds through the mountains. It shows that Schubert had long been fascinated by the sound of music echoing through large spaces (Benjamin Britten's church operas show a similar fascination and signalled a change in his entire creative style because of it) and suggests that a work like Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (which was to be Schubert's definitive statement on the subject of echo) had been in his thoughts for a number of years.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1990


Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 9 – Arleen Auger
CDJ33009Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40Download currently discounted


Track 20 on CDJ33009 [1'39] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 21 on CDS44201/40 CD9 [1'39] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDJ33009 track 20

Recording date
18 October 1989
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 9 – Arleen Auger (CDJ33009)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: January 1991
    Deletion date: October 2012
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 9 Track 21
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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