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No, people - I'm not being fatalistic nor morbid, nor even melancholic (not that I've ever been accused of any of that in this life or my previous ones wink ).

No, it's Schubert's melodrama for narrator & piano, which I've just discovered when a soprano 'declamed' it live on BBC Radio 3's chat show "In Tune" program (with her pianist, of course). I've never heard it before, nor knew that Schubert ever composed such a piece where there's no singing from the singer.

All the music comes from the pianist, so this is almost like a solo piano piece, short, sweet & very easy - and not at all morbid.

You should be able to sight-read it perfectly, while practicing your German at the same time:

https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/6/66/IMSLP16530-SchubertD829_Abschied_von_der_Erde.pdf

What do you think of it? (I'm planning to play it as an 'encore' befitting the times we live in - sans vocals - when my recitals resume.)


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I love it! I got my husband to read the poetry while I played and my seven year old daughter wandered in halfway and read along. It's a very pretty tune. Thanks for sharing, you made my evening. smile


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Not a great reader here, but I was curious and cheated by checking it out on YouTube. There was even a version with English translation.
Interesting piece!

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Wow, that's really something. I played through it a few times. It was hard to imagine how the words should be spoken out over the music (made my poor partner try reciting them as I played). It was eye-opening to try it a few times and then listen to DFD and Moore performing it (on youtube). Thanks for that.

I'd be curious to hear the episode of InTune that it's in, but I can't seem to find it. I believe I've found it, but it looks like it's no longer available :-( https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000y7m6

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Originally Posted by Jun-Dai
I'd be curious to hear the episode of InTune that it's in, but I can't seem to find it. I believe I've found it, but it looks like it's no longer available :-( https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000y7m6
Yes, that's the programme.

I managed to catch it on BBC Sounds just in time when I returned from holiday. Carolyn Sampson's 'narration' was sublime, though I don't know how idiomatic her German is.


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I'd be curious to hear the episode of InTune that it's in, but I can't seem to find it. I believe I've found it, but it looks like it's no longer available :-( https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000y7m6
Yes, that's the programme.

I managed to catch it on BBC Sounds just in time when I returned from holiday. Carolyn Sampson's 'narration' was sublime, though I don't know how idiomatic her German is.

Not surprised - Carolyn Sampson is always sublime!

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Not surprised - Carolyn Sampson is always sublime!
Here is more sublime Schubert from her concert in June (broadcast yesterday), and available for four weeks:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000vq3k


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