Die Sterne

First line:
Wie blitzen die Sterne so hell durch die Nacht!
composer
author of text

 
Hüttenbrenner wrote about 250 songs, the great majority of them, perhaps not surprisingly, after Schubert’s death. His choice of poets was very different: there are only two Goethe settings, two of his own poems, six of Bürger (a fine poet more or less ignored by Schubert), and two each of Uhland and Schubart. There are thirty settings of Carl von Leitner (also an important Schubert poet) and no fewer than 160 by Ferdinand von Rast who wrote poetry under the pseudonym ‘Hilarius’ (Rast lived in Marburg and was a patron of the composer’s later years).

Die Seefahrt appears in the Gedichte of Hiazinth von Schulheim, published in Graz in 1836, and it is probable that this delightful song dates from about this time, as does Die Sterne (Leitner’s poem published in 1825). Der Hügel and Lerchenlied are later songs from the Hilarius/Rast years (between 1855 and 1858), not that the style is markedly different. I am indebted to my colleague Irwin Gage for copies of this difficult-to-obtain music.

comparative Schubert listening:
Die Sterne D939. January 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 5 on CDJ33051/3 CD3 [2'38] 3CDs
Track 5 on CDS44201/40 CD40 [2'38] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDJ33051/3 disc 3 track 5

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-05305
Duration
2'38
Recording date
12 March 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 5
    Release date: March 2006
    3CDs
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 40 Track 5
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)