Franz Schubert

Misero pargoletto, song for voice & piano, D. 42

    Description by James Leonard

    The song Misero pargoletto (Unhappy Child, D. 42) was probably composed in 1813 while the 16-year-old Schubert was under the tutelage of Antonio Salieri. Taking text from a drama by Pietro Metastasio, Schubert composed a da capo aria complete with quasi-orchestral effects in the piano accompaniment of the central section. Set in G minor, the work recalls the phrasing of Pamina's aria from the second act of Die Zauberflöte. Schubert's vocal writing is operatically virtuosic, with cascades of notes and a climax at the highest end of the soprano's tessitura. One of many settings of Italian texts from Schubert's apprenticeship, Misero pargoletto is perhaps too operatic for the concert stage and is not an especially characteristic work by Schubert.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2011 Naxos 8503801
    2009 Audite 95633
    2007 PhilArtis 701
    2005 Hyperion 44201
    2003 Naxos 8 557026/7
    1999 Hyperion 33033
    1997 Arte Nova 74321 46497-2
    1990 Hyperion 33009