Franz Schubert

Ihr Grab ("Dort ist ihr Grab"), song for voice & piano, D. 736

    Description by James Leonard

    When he was in his early teens, Schubert's vision of death was expressed in morbid fantasy's like Der Vatermörder (The Parricide) and spook shows like Der Geistertanz (The Ghost Dance). But in his early twenties, Schubert's vision of death had profoundly changed. No longer the grinning skull or the figure with the scythe, Schubert's vision of death was of comfort and consolation, a rest in the bosom of the Earth after the storms of life. Even in grief, Schubert's vision of death is calm. His setting of Karl Engelhardt's Ihr Grab (Her Grave) (D. 736) from the end of 1822 perfectly expresses his new-found serenity and strength. Although set as a through-composed song that moves across an enormous harmonic space, the fourfold repetition of the opening line "There is her grave" grants a shape to the song and a resting place for all its harmonic peregrinations. Moving at a slow and measured pace, Schubert's hymn-like vocal melody travels great harmonic distances to finally arrive at the last lines "At her side I too shall joyfully/Lay down my pilgrim's staff," and the piano accompaniment comes to its close in a final perfect cadence.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2011 Naxos 8503801
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4778989
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2008 Naxos 8570067
    2005 Hyperion 44201
    2005 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4775765
    2005 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2001 History 205153
    1997 Hyperion 33028
    1995 Preiser Records 89208
    1993 DG Deutsche Grammophon 437225
    History 205156