Recorded on 02/02/2000, uploaded on 03/24/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Du bist die Ruh ("You are peace") is one of a handful
of poems by Friedrich Rückert that Franz Schubert set to music. Derived from a
love poem written by Rückert in 1819-20, the text of Du bist die Ruh is
intensely passionate and moving. Schubert, however, more or less ignores the
passionate tone of the poem and instead infuses it with one of simplicity. In
fact, the solemn manner of Schubert's setting comes across as quasi-religious
with its idealized portrayal of the poem's subject matter.
In the key of E-flat major, Schubert's setting is both
harmonically and textually simple. Indeed, even chromatic chords for much of
the song are few and far between. The five stanzas of Rückert's poem are
divided into two groups of two, set to the same music. The final stanza,
however, is different. Beginning in E-flat, it quickly passes through G-flat
major before reaching a cadence in A-flat at the close of the penultimate line.
The last line returns to E-flat major with a delicate embellishment in the
accompaniment. The song ends on a solemn cadence over a tonic pedal. Joseph DuBose
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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