SCHUBERT, Franz (1797-1828). Autograph music manuscript signed (twice, ‘Frz Schubert m[anu] p[ro]p[r]ia’), of two songs, Die Täuschung (‘Illusion’), D. 230, and Das Sehnen (‘Longing’), D.231, 7 and 8 July 1815, on recto and verso of a single leaf, each signed and dated at upper right, each notated for 'Singst[imme]' (voice) and 'Pianoforte' on three systems of three staves, Die Täuschung comprising 14 bars, the text of the six five-line stanzas transcribed in full in autograph, the first stanza interlineally with the music, Das Sehnen comprising 13 bars, the text of the seven six-line stanzas similarly transcribed in autograph, on two pages, oblong 4to (233 x 313mm), paginated ‘46’ and ‘47’ in red pencil and ‘10’ and ‘11’ in pen (minor wear to right and lower margins, enclosed in an archival sleeve), ten later annotations to lower and right margins, noting details relating to authentication and publication, probably in the hand of Johann Wolf of the music publishers C.A. Spina, c.1864-66, in an album, green morocco, endorsements in the hands of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (‘Neben die Handschrift des Grossen die Handschrift der Dienenden’) and Gerald Moore, 10 January and 23 June 1977, on front endpaper, armorial bookplate. Provenance: sale at J.A. Stargardt, Marburg, 26 February 1975, lot 879; private collection.
Two radiant Lieder composed on successive days by 18-year old Schubert: both are settings of words by Ludwig Theobul Kosegarten (1758-1818), a poet of the Empfindsamkeit (Sensibility) movement. Die Täuschung is an intimate, radiant hymn to love, the cantilena vocal melody contrasting with the supple obbligato of the accompanying piano treble melody, over a neat arpeggiated base. Das Sehnen – like its predecessor a strophic song with each verse set to the same music – lays a melancholic, lilting melody over a delicate contrapuntal piano accompaniment. The songs form part of a remarkable sequence of five songs composed over 7 and 8 July 1815, all settings of Kosegarten (the others are Idens Nachtgesang, Von Ida and Die Erscheinung). The present setting of Die Täuschung should not be confused with the bitter 1827 Winterreise setting of Wilhelm Müller’s Täuschung: the contrast between the two serves only to emphasise the sunny, romantic mood of these two appealing songs. This appears to be the original manuscript for both works: autograph fair copies of both survive in the ÖSB and dated copies in the Witteczek-Spaun collection at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Vienna). The songs were not to be published until 1855 and 1865 respectively -- long after Schubert's death.