Franz Schubert: Schäfers Klagelied, D 121

Franz Schubert: Schäfers Klagelied, D 121

Vienna (Austria) — 1814

On yonder hill I have stood a thousand times: Franz Schubert's first performance as a song composer in 1819 with Goethe's folk poem

  1. Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) wrote a poem about a heartbroken shepherd in 1804

  2. In 1814, the poem was adopted for a musical composition by Franz Schubert (1797–1828)

  3. The melancholic song was an instant success that helped launch the career of the young composer

Franz Schubert: Schäfers Klagelied, D 121

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Franz Schubert: Schäfers Klagelied, D 121

The musical composition Schäfers Klagelied, translated as “Shepherd’s Lament”, was first published by Franz Schubert (1797–1828) in 1814. It set to music the 1804 poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) Da droben auf jenem Berg, which related the lament of a shepherd over his lost love. Otto Deutsch identified the composition as Schubert’s first song to be performed in public, created when he was still a teenager. By all accounts it was an instant success and helped launch the young composer’s career. It creates a pastoral, melancholy scene that would have been familiar to its early–18th century audience. It is a small masterpiece in the guise of a work song or a simple pastoral composition. This song has been described as “a priceless little object of virtù”.

Codicology

Size / Format
4 pages / 30.0 × 22.0 cm
Origin
Austria
Date
1814
Genre
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Franz Schubert: Schäfers Klagelied, D 121 – Mus. Hs. 3267 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1978
Facsimile Editions

#1 Franz Schubert: Schäfers Klagelied, D 121

Commentary: 1 volume (16 pages) by Franz Grasberger
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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