Franz Schubert's authorship of this work is doubtful
|Composition Year||1816 post|
|Genre Categories||Songs; Lieder; For voice, guitar; For voices with solo instruments; Scores featuring the voice; Scores featuring the guitar; German language|
|Work Title||Die Nacht|
|Alternative. Title||The Night|
|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.||D.deest|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IFS 986|
|Text Incipit||Die Nacht bricht an|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1816 post|
|Librettist||Karoline Pichler (1769-1843)|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||6 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Romantic|
The piece is considered by many to be the latest discovered song by Schubert. Its authenticity is nonetheless doubtful due to the fact that the only existing autograph is not in the composer's hand. The collection where it was found includes some 39 Schubert songs in versions for voice and guitar, which were assembled by Schubert's schoolfriend, Franz Xaver von Schlechta (1796-1875). The well-known Schubert scholar, Walther Dürr (1932-2018), actually speculated that the voice part might have been written by Schubert, while the guitar accompaniment might be Schlechta's. This assumption is supported by the fact that the autograph presents some inconsistencies, which would be unbecoming for Schubert. The scoring is also highly unusual in that practically the totality of Schubert's lieder are written for voice with piano accompaniment, not guitar.
The work was first published by Universal Edition in 1990 in an arrangement by Karl Heinz Füssl for voice and piano. Füssl's version has been recorded by Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Graham Johnson for the Hyperion label. The original version for voice and guitar has also been recorded by various artists, among them Jeffrey Wienand and Stephen Mattingly for the Soundset Recordings label, and Christoph Prégardien and Tilman Hoppstock for the Christophorus label.
A Deutsch number will be assigned after a new revision of the Deutsch Catalogue, around 2027.