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PB1657

Schubert: Psalm 23, D 706

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    1. Composer: Franz Schubert
    2. Instrumentation: Piano, Female Choir
    3. ISMN: 979-000420012-4
    4. Size: 9.1 x 12.0 inches
    5. Pages: 8

    1820 was not a good year for Franz Schubert. He was in the middle of a compositional crisis; he was issued a warning for "slandering the authorities;" and he added, with few exceptions, mostly fragments to his oeuvre. One of the exceptions is this setting of Psalm 23. with the piano's lyrical accompaniment, Schubert created a musical backdrop for the four-part women's chorus which takes the listener to a meadow where shepherds gather with their grazing sheep. It also leads through the dark valley to the water – and to the richly laid-out table that is the object of this piece.