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Komm!

First line:
Du schönes Fischermädchen
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author of text

 
Meyerbeer played no personal part in Schubert’s life, but his star was in the ascendant in Austria at the same time as Schubert’s life was drawing to a close. In 1826, at the same concert where Stephan Franz’s violin variations were played there was an excerpt from Meyerbeer’s seventh opera Margharita’Anjou. In early September, during his stay in Styria, Schubert heard a performance of Meyerbeer’s tenth opera, Il croacitto in Egitto. The original libretto had been reworked into German by Josef Kupelwieser who was the librettist of Schubert’s opera Fierrabras, so Schubert probably attended the performance at the Graz county theatre out of loyalty to his colleague. According to Anselm Hüttenbrenner (who had not seen Schubert for a long time) Schubert was unimpressed with Meyerbeer’s opera. It is interesting that as late as 1854 Schubert’s erstwhile Rosamunde collaborator, Helmina von Chézy, was publishing adulatory poems about both Meyerbeer and Mendelssohn.

This song was written and published in Paris in 1837 as Guide au bord ta nacelle. In this bilingual edition there is a second verse added to Heine’s poem by Émile Deschamps (and a corresponding German translation) which is omitted here. Meyerbeer also made settings of Dass sie hier gewesen (Schubert’s D775) and Metastasio’s L’incanto degli occhi (Schubert’s D902 No 1). There is little indication that Meyerbeer knew Schubert’s Schwanengesang when he wrote this, but he knew the song’s poet, Heine, whom Schubert had never met.

comparative Schubert listening:
Das Fischermädchen No 10 of Schwanengesang, D957. August 1828

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 1 on CDJ33051/3 CD3 [1'09] 3CDs
Track 1 on CDS44201/40 CD40 [1'09] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 40 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-05301
Duration
1'09
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 3 Track 1
    Release date: March 2006
    3CDs
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 40 Track 1
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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