Franz Peter Schubert Composer
Liebe ('Liebe rauscht der Silberbach'), D.983a, Op.17, No.2
Musicology:Ten years after completing his composition assignment from his teacher Antonio Salieri to set verses of Friedrich von Schiller's Triumph der Liebe, Schubert returned in October 1823 to set the 25th section of the poem as a four-part unaccompanied part song for two tenors and two basses, entitled Liebe (Love, D. 983a). How far the composer traveled in that decade can be measured in part by the complexity and depth of the later setting as compared with the earlier settings. Where the earlier settings were for the most part homophonic, Liebe moves easily from imitative passages to homophonic passages. Where the earlier settings were for the most part through-composed, Liebe is in two clearly defined sections with subtle and cunning repetitions of motives and rhythms to ensure coherence. And where the earlier settings had been sweet and simple as one might expect from a schoolboy of 16, Liebe shows that the 26-year-old composer had lived a life and had learned that love invariably comes with its share of tears.
Liebe ('Liebe rauscht der Silberbach'), D.983a, Op.17, No.2Genre: Other Choral
Pr. Instrument: Chorus/Choir (Male)
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