Wandrers Nachtlied I, D224

First line:
Der du von dem Himmel bist
composer
published in 1821 as Op 4 No 1
author of text
dedicated to Charlotte von Stein

 
Schubert set this poem on the same day as Der Fischer and Erster Verlust. It is daunting that after writing Wanderers Nachtlied he did not congratulate himself and take the rest of the day off. Most composers have spent a lifetime trying in vain to achieve such concentration in their music, for this song is in every way a distillation, the very essence of the Lied.

The poem was written at the beginning of Goethe's stay in Weimar (where he was to remain for most of his life), and in the early stages of his relationship with the aristocrat Charlotte von Stein who was to help the young firebrand change into a. courtier and statesman. It was Charlotte (the dedicatee of this poem) who made Goethe realise that a lifetime of Sturm und Drang was a ridiculous prospect; a man who had been forever on the move now needed to settle down. With unerring genius the young Schubert of 1815 has reflected in music the classical gravity of the words, and by repeating the last two lines has added musical ardour to the poem's entreaty without disturbing its essential poise.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1988

Recordings

Schubert: Der Wanderer & other songs
Studio Master: CDA68010Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 1 – Janet Baker
CDJ33001Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40Download currently discounted
Schubert: The Songmakers' Almanac Schubertiade
CDD220102CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted

Details

Track 12 on CDA68010 [1'43]
Track 6 on CDD22010 CD2 [1'34] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Track 8 on CDJ33001 [1'35] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 15 on CDS44201/40 CD7 [1'35] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDD22010 disc 2 track 6

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-84-13206
Duration
1'34
Recording date
24 November 1983
Recording venue
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Schubert: The Songmakers' Almanac Schubertiade (CDD22010)
    Disc 2 Track 6
    Release date: March 1997
    Deletion date: March 2010
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service