Franz Schubert (1797–1828) Gesang der Geister über den Wassern D 538
“Des Menschen Seele” (2. Arrangement) [male ch] Text: Johann W. von Goethe
Here you will find the Gesang der Geister über den Wassern for male octet with low strings.
8 pages | 19 x 27 cm | 20 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-40873-5 | Saddle Stitch
This work is based on a poem by Goethe, written on his second trip to Switzerland.
Inspired by the 300-meter-high Staubbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen Valley, Goethe is here describing the human soul and its transience using the water image. Schubert repeatedly revised his musical setting; so, from an original piano lied arose a piece for male quartet – initially a cappella, then with piano –, and finally today’s best-known version for male octet, with low strings.