Franz Schubert

Das war ich ("Jüngst träumte mir"), song for voice & piano, D. 174a

    Description by James Leonard

    Das war ich (That Was I) (D. 174), of March 26, 1815, is an early-morning dream of a song, a song that purports to have been written quickly in the light of the rising sun while the memory of the dream is still fresh in the composer's mind. Setting Theodor Körner's four-verse poem strophically, Schubert's song retells Körner's wish-fulfillment song in music of light and languid evanescence, music that follows the logic of the dream as the youthful dreamer finds himself remembering the gentle kindness and ardent desire of his dream of love. Like most of Schubert's 14 settings of poems by Körner, Das war ich is the song of a young man in love, the song of a teenager of great passion but little experience and nonetheless affecting for just that reason.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Harmonia Mundi HMX 290875061
    2011 Naxos 8503801
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 4778989
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2007 Naxos 8557831
    2005 Hyperion 44201
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 4775765
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon
    2000 BBC Music 4404
    1997 Berlin Classics 0093222
    1993 Deutsche Grammophon 437215
    1992 Universal Music Classics and Jazz
    1989 Hyperion 33004
    BBC Music 8016