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Liebesrausch, D164

First line:
Dir, Mädchen, schlägt mit leisem Beben
First version, fragment. March 1815; completed by Reinhard van Hoorickx; facsimile of autograph published in 1828
author of text

The second version of this song (from April 1815) is a passionate outburst, a real lyrical effusion accompanied by throbbing triplets – a song very different from the composer’s first efforts. These are not negligible, however, and would have been lost to the performer if it had not been the indefatigable detective work of Father Van Hoorickx who has made an imaginative reconstruction of the song as it might have been if all of Schubert’s sketch had survived. All that has been left to posterity is four bars of the vocal line (the music for the end of the song at the words ‘Glanz des Guten und des Schönen strahlt mir dein hohes Bild’) and two bars of piano postlude. Van Hoorickx has simply used this haunting little postlude (a musing little figure unlike anything else in the composer’s output) as an introduction and has crafted a most credible vocal line for the rest of the strophe, supported by an accompaniment of the same flowing triplets found in the extant fragment. This completion is not very ambitious perhaps, but it works better than many a more sophisticated attempt to emulate the master’s notoriously inimitable style. Van Hoorickx’s work conserves what is special about the fragment and one can listen to the complete song without denouncing it as an obvious impostor. Italics in the text above denote those passages which are not genuine Schubert.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1994


Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 20
CDJ33020Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40


Track 13 on CDJ33020 [2'44] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 12 on CDS44201/40 CD5 [2'44] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDJ33020 track 13

Recording date
1 November 1993
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 20 (CDJ33020)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: March 1994
    Deletion date: January 2010
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 5 Track 12
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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