Goethe failed to appreciate the songs which would link his poems to musical immortality. Schubert's tonal innovations and passionate insight into the great lyrics disconcerted the poet, but brought Schubert fame as master composer long before public recognition of his symphonies.
The prolific Schubert (over 600 songs in 10 years) was inspired by Goethe's verse as a prodigious young songwriter ("Gretchen am Spinnrade," his first masterpiece, was set at age 17) and stayed with the poems all his short life. The new edition includes all his versions for every lied to Goethe texts from the standard Breitkopf and Härtel complete-score edition of 1884–97. Eight-four songs (55 poems with 29 later versions) comprise this reading and playing edition, with modern literal prose translations of the poems by Stanley Appelbaum. No other one-volume edition of the famous songs is available; this volume offers authoritative complete scores, handsomely set with wide margins and strong binding, in a careful, accurate rendering of Goethe, at a price accessible to musicians, students, and all lovers of song.
The songs include four versions of "Erlkönig" (The Elf King), singled out by Groves Dictionary for "the wealth of harmonic resource, the structural unity of the song, the mounting tonal climaxes"; musicologist Karl Schumann remarks that "the lashing storm rhythm . . . a wild triplet variant of Schubert's characteristic walking rhythm, was to remain an important tonal symbol for many years leading up to the opening of Wagner's 'Die Walkyrie.'" Also included are the scene from Faust, "Der Sänger," "Prometheus," ("the greatest of his lyrico-dramatic songs" — Grove's), and the Harper cycle ("There are modulations . . . of such searching expressive intensity that they almost reach the bounds of tonality; not even Beethoven's last string quartets . . . contain harmonic transitions of such audacity." — Schumann).
About the Author
Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797–1828) was extremely prolific in the course of his brief life. In addition to 600 Lieder, he wrote nine symphonies, liturgical music, operas and incidental music, along with a large body of chamber music and solo piano music.
Table of Contents
Gretchen am Spinnrade (Op. 2); D.118
Trost in Thränen; D.120
Schäfers Klagelied; D.121
"Second Version (Op. 3, No. 1)"
"Scene aus Goethés "Faust"; D.126"
Der Sänger; D.149
First Version (Op. posth. 117)
Am Flusse; D.160
An Mignon; D.161
"Second Version (Op. 19, No. 2)"
Nähe des Geliebten; D.162
"Second Version (Op. 5, No. 2)"
Die Liebe [Klärchen's Lied]; D.210
"Meeres Stille (Op. 3, No. 2); D.216"
"Wandrers Nachtlied (Op. 4, No. 3); D.224"
"Der Fischer (Op. 5, No. 3); D. 225"
"Erster Verlust (Op. 5, No. 4); D.226"
"Tischlied (Op. posth. 118, No. 3); D.234"
Der Gott und die Bajadere; D.254
Der Rattenfänger; D.255
Der Schatzgräber; D.256
"Heidenröslein (Op. 3, No. 3); D.257"
An den Mond; D.259
"Wonne der Wehmuth (Op. Posth. 115, No. 2;) D.260"
Wer kauft Liebesgötter?; D.261
"Die Spinnerin (Op. posth. 118, No. 6); D. 247"
Liebhabler in allen Gestalten; D.588
Der Goldschmiedsgesell; D.560
"Fourth Version (op. 92, No. 3)"
An den Mond; D.296
"Rastlose Liebe (Op. 5, No.1); D.138"
Fourth Version (Op.1)
Harfenspieler I; part of D.478
Harfenspieler II; part of D.479
Harfenspieler III; part of D.480
Harfenspieler; part of D.480
Gesänge des Harfners (Op. 12)
I; part of D.478
II; part of D.480
III; part of D.479
Lied der Mignon; D.481
Lied der Mignon; D.359
"Der König in Thule (Op. 5, No. 5); D.367"
"Jägers Abendlied (Op. 3, No. 4); D.368"
"An Schwager Kronos (Op. 19, No. 1), D.369"
Auf dem See; D.543
"Second Version (Op. 92, No. 2)"
"Ganymed (Op. 19, No. 3); D.544"
"Die Liebende schreibt (Op. posth. 165, No. 1); D.673"
"Geheimes (Op. 14, No. 2); D.719"
Grenzen der Menschheit; D.716
Mignon I; D.726
Mignon II; D.727
"Suleika I (Op. 14, No. 1); D.720"
"Suleika II (Op. 31, No. 1); D.717"
Der Musensohn; D.764
"Second Version (Op. 92, No. 1)"
An die Entfernte; D.765
Am Flusse; D.766
Wilkommen und Abschied; D.767
"Second Version (Op. 56, No. 1)"
"Wandrers Nachtlied (Op. 96, No. 3); D.768"
"Gesänge aus "Wilhelm Meiser"; D.877"
I. "Mignon und der Harfner.(Op. 62, No. 1)"
II. "Lied der Mignon (Op. 62, No. 2)"
III. "Lied der Mignon (Op. 62, No. 3)"
IV. "Lied der Mignon (Op. 62, No. 4)"