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Ich schleiche bang und still herum, D787 No 2

Late 1822–1823; first published in 1889; ‘Romanze’ of Helene from Der häusliche Krieg
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Die verschworenen (The Conspirators) is a 1-act comic Singspiel completed in the spring of 1823 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) to a libretto by Ignaz Castelli after Aristophanes. The Viennese censor demanded it be re-titled Der häusliche Krieg (Domestic Warfare). It met with as little success as any of Schubert’s stage works, indeed no theatre would take it up. Ironically after its 1861 Frankfurt premiere it was enthusiastically received all over Europe. The plot, set in medieval Germany, concerns the wives of knights forever absent at war: they conspire to withhold their favours till the men agree to give up fighting and stay at home. The Romance with clarinet obbligato for the young wife Helen is one of the high points of the score.

from notes by Derek Watson © 2011


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