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Romanze, D144

First line:
In der Väter Hallen ruhte
April 1816; fragment first published in 1897 in the Revisions-Bericht of the Gesamtausgabe; completed by Reinhard van Hoorickx; Schubert set the first three lines only
author of text

This fragment consists of five bars of voice and piano and a further two bars of vocal line up to and including the word 'erfreute'. It was written on the obverse side of the manuscript of another Stolberg setting Daphne am Bach. These bars have been crossed out by the composer who after painting the grim majesty of Sir Rudolf's baronial hall lost the inclination to continue the story. It is clear that Schubert's taste for ballads is beginning to desert him. The poem has thirteen strophes in all and tells of the love of the fair Agnes, Rudolf's daughter, for Albrecht. The jealous Horst challenges him to joust and kills him. In the end all three involved in the love triangle are dead and we have something of re-run of Der Tod Oscars. A year or two earlier Schubert would probably have completed the work in the manner of the Matthisson Romanze or the Kenner Ballade.

But all we have from Schubert is the rather impressive opening bars. Mention of the Saracens in the first verse prompts him to the same musical atmosphere which he used in Der Kreuzzug over a decade later—a similar solemn march in 4/4 where the crusades are depicted as a serious and holy business. The completion by Reinhard Van Hoorickx is one of his best; it modestly and wisely attempts only to finish the first strophe, and the poem's second verse also fits well enough to this strangely imposing music. One can imagine that Schubert would have used it also for the last strophe of the poem where the stoic Sir Rudolf without tears and without complaint holds the body of his daughter for two days and then also dies. The medieval setting and the atmosphere of almost phlegmatic stoicism bring to mind the Schiller setting Ritter Toggenburg from March 1816.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1995


Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/40Boxed set + book (at a special price) — Download only
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 23 - Christoph Prégardien
CDJ33023Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40


Track 9 on CDJ33023 [2'05] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 25 on CDS44201/40 CD13 [2'05] Boxed set + book (at a special price) — Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDS44201/40 disc 13 track 25

Recording date
17 September 1994
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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  1. Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 23 - Christoph Prégardien (CDJ33023)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: May 1995
    Deletion date: March 2012
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 13 Track 25
    Release date: October 2005
    Deletion date: July 2021
    Boxed set + book (at a special price) — Download only
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