SCHUBERT Franz (1797-1828).

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SCHUBERT Franz (1797-1828).
autograph musical manuscript signed "Frz Schubert", Das Stille Lied, 1827; 5 oblong pages in-fol. (25 x 32 cm, on a sewn-in bifeuillet and single sheet); in blue paper slipcase with title-piece on upper cover. Complete manuscript of a song for male vocal quartet. A year before his death, Schubert wrote Das Stille Lied [D. 916], for vocal quartet (two tenors and two basses), on a text by the poet Gottwalt, pseudonym of Johann Georg Seegemund (1794-1877) : " Schweige nur, Süßer Mund der heil'gen Liebe "... This Stille Lied, or silent song, invites us to be silent in order to listen to the voice of Nature and of the heavenly Spirit, the melody of the Angels, and thus to breathe in the blessed flower of Love. This lied, Andante, in E flat major, in 3/4 time, has 90 bars. Schubert wrote the music for the three stanzas of the poem in succession, with the words between the first two staves. Little known, and of great and simple beauty, this Stille Lied was only published in 1978. This manuscript is written in brown ink on 14-stave paper; it presents three systems of 4 staves per page; it is dated (May 1827) and signed at the top of the first page. This is the only known complete score of this lied, of which a draft exists in the Austrian National Library in Vienna, presenting only the Tenor I part for the first stanza of the poem. Four letters concerning the history of this manuscript are attached. It was offered in 1881 by Hermann Schulz (of the Otto August Schulz bookshop in Leipzig) to the collector Corning; then in 1888-1890 by Breitkopf & Härtel to W.H. Hertz in Bradford. Discography: Die Singphoniker (CPO, 2000)
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