Ständchen D.957, Wanderers Nachtlied D.768, Der Wanderer an den Mond D.870, Nachtstück D.672

Composer: Franz Schubert (b. 1797 - d. 1828)
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Composer: Franz Schubert (b. 1797 - d. 1828)

Performance date: 02/07/2013

Venue: St. Brendan’s Church

Composition Year: c.1822-1828

Duration: 00:00:00

Recording Engineer: Damian Chennells, RTÉ lyric fm

Instrumentation: S-solo, pf

Instrumentation Category:Duo

Artists: Ruby Hughes - [mezzo-soprano]
Julius Drake - [piano]

Schubert, as a true Romantic was always
drawn to night-time subjects and these four songs illustrate different facets
of this fascination. Arguably the best-loved serenade in music,
is a setting of a poem by Ludwig Rellstab [1799-1860] and probably dates from
the last year of his life. Goethe wrote his
in 1780 when he
was staying in the Thuringian forests and mountains near Ilmenau.
  It is not clear when Schubert set it to
music, possibly at the end of 1822, but it captures a nocturnal mood superbly.

Der Wanderer an den Mond
dates from 1826 and is probably the composer’s
best moonlight song:
 I on the earth, you in the sky…  I wander homeless but you are always at home.   Finally Mayrhofer’s Nachtstück  – a magnificent hymn to nature, sung by an
old man with a harp:
soon I shall sleep
the long sleep
and nature promises to cover his final resting place.
Schubert’s biographer Alfred Einstein describes it fondly, noting the lovely
harp-like effects matching the words.