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Der Greis, Hob XXVc:5
First line:
Hin ist alle meine Kraft!
composer
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Recordings
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
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'Songs by Schubert's contemporaries' (CDJ33051/3)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
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Details
Track 1 on CDJ33051/3 CD1 [3'13] 3CDs
Track 1 on CDS44201/40 CD38 [3'13] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Der Greis, Hob XXVc:5  
Haydn’s 1806 Visiting Card (The text is the first two lines from Der Greis)

Der Greis, Hob XXVc:5
Haydn, via the poetry of Gleim, and with his usual humour, meant the piece to be taken as an autobiographical description. This is exactly how Schubert, not yet a teenager, may have imagined the venerable composer, too frail to venture often outdoors, but celebrated for his benign attitude to life. Haydn found the text for this song, as well as the poems for his other quartets for voice and piano, in a celebrated anthology by Karl Wilhelm Ramler (1725–1798) entitled Lyrische Blumenlese (Leipzig, 1774–1778). The intentionally doddery setting of the words ‘Alt … und schwach … bin ich’ soon gives way to music that has the depth and sublimity of some of the finest string quartets. It is little wonder that the master of this medium was able to write equally well for four voices—what seems simple on the page achieves a rare radiance, a smile to greet the dying of the light. In fact Haydn planned that this music should be part of his String Quartet in D minor, Op 103, his farewell to music. As a coup de grâce, the composer, with typical irony and humour, arranged for the opening words of the song to be engraved on his visiting card in 1806.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

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Details for CDS44201/40 disc 38 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-05101
Duration
3'13
Recording date
13 October 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Songs by Schubert's contemporaries (CDJ33051/3)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: March 2006
    3CDs
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 38 Track 1
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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