This song was recorded on the album 'Schubert Year by Year' on Stone Records, in preparation for Oxford Lieder's 2014 The Schubert Project, the first ever complete performance of Schubert's songs in a single festival. It features one song from each year of Schubert's creative life.
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Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.
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Ernst Conrad Friedrich Schulze was a German Romantic poet. He was born and died in Celle.
The son of the Mayor of Celle, his mother died while he was only two years old and much of his early education was overseen by his two grandfathers, who were a Celle bookseller and a minister.
Widely respected by his contemporaries in early youth, he found himself increasingly drawn into a new poetische Welt (world of poetry) in his mid-teens, showing a particular interest in folklore, fairy tales and diverse French literature. He said of himself, "I lived in a fantasy world and was on the way to becoming a complete obsessive." Despite these early Romantic daydreams, he was able to apply himself to his school work and was, at age 16, a model student.
Given his upbringing, it is probably unsurprisingly that he initially studied theology at the Georg-August University of Göttingen from 1806. He went on to study philosophy, literature and aesthetics from 1808, and received his doctorate in 1812. Afterward, he devoted himself to philology, which he taught privately in Göttingen. During his time at university he became a member of the Göttingen 'Corps Hannovera', one of the original German Student Corps.
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Previously performed at:
- 28 Feb 2021: 09. The Shepherd on the Rock: Ailish Tynan & Iain Burnside
- 13 Oct 2020: 19. Beethoven, Schubert and Gordon: James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook
- 21 Oct 2018: The Elements in Song: Christoph Prégardien & Ulrich Eisenlohr
- 10 Mar 2018: Maria Forsström & Sholto Kynoch
- 28 Oct 2017: Mastercourse Concert
- 23 Oct 2017: Mastercourse Day One
- 04 Mar 2017: Benjamin Appl & Sholto Kynoch
- 23 Oct 2016: Mastercourse 2016 (for T&Ts)
- 21 Oct 2016: Franz Schubert: Andrè Schuen & Daniel Heide