2 pages, oblong 4to (23.5 x 31.7cm), 16-stave paper, watermarked "G KI[ESLING]" (cf. www.schubert-online.at: Wasserzeichen 61), various later annotations in pencil, red crayon and ink, including by the musicologist Johannes Wolf ("Im Repertorium ist noch verzeichnet: Tischlied, text von Göthe...nicht gestochen"), browning consistent with paper-type, small stain
SCHUBERT SONGS ONCE APPEARED WITH REGULARITY AT AUCTION, BUT HAVE BECOME SCARCE IN THE LAST DECADE.
THE PRESENT MANUSCRIPT IS DESCRIBED BY DEUTSCH AS 'LOST'.
Both Tischlerlied ('Carpenter's Song') and Totenkranz für ein Kind ('Wreath for a Dead Child') were products of Schubert's annus mirabilis, 1815, during the course of which the eighteen-year-old composer produced around one hundred and forty-five songs. And most remarkably, on the day - 25 August 1815 - which saw the composition of the two songs, Schubert also wrote another seven songs of various kinds.
The present single-leaf autograph was once part of a larger manuscript which, on one leaf, contained the songs Trinklied D 267 and Das Leben D 269 (2nd version), and on another, the songs An die Sonne D 272 and Lilla an die Morgenröte D 273 (according to Deutsch, the whereabouts of the leaf containing D 267 and D 269 are unknown, the leaf bearing D 272 and D 273 is recorded as being in a private collection in Basel). Tischlerlied (the author of whose poem is unknown), and Totenkranz für ein Kind (poem by Friedrich von Matthisson) were not published until long after Schubert's death, in an edition by Diabelli, c.1850, and in the old collected edition, 1895, respectively. The Diabelli edition differs from the autograph in a number of ways, although it is not clear whether it was based therefore on a further lost autograph source or whether its diverging features (including a two-bar introduction) are due to its editor's imagination.
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