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Sehnsucht

First line:
Meine Ruh’ ist dahin
composer
author of text

 
This song is from from the Sechs Gesänge, Op 10, probably written and published between 1808 and 1809 when the frenetically active composer returned to Vienna from St Petersburg to make daily visits to his dying master Haydn. It is likely that the Rochlitz poem was set (albeit very differently) by the fifteen-year-old Schubert in 1812 straight from an edition of Neukomm’s songs; how else Schubert might have discovered this particular text is difficult to imagine. To find exact parallels between the two composers is impossible, but there is something Schubertian avant la lettre about Neukomm’s music. In the naturalness of his musical invention there is neither rigidity, nor any sign of the formulae of the Berlin school; we sense a freedom to use coloratura, melisma and sequences where appropriate (thus an awareness of the possibilities of the Italian style, as we find in Schubert) as well as a touching melodic gift. In short, this is very sophisticated song-composing for its time.

comparative Schubert listening:
Klaglied D23. 1812

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
CDJ33051/33CDs

Details

Track 16 on CDJ33051/3 CD2 [3'06] 3CDs
Track 16 on CDS44201/40 CD39 [3'06] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 39 track 16

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-05216
Duration
3'06
Recording date
24 August 2001
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 2 Track 16
    Release date: March 2006
    3CDs
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 39 Track 16
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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