Franz Schubert

Seligkeit in E major

D433 • “Freuden sonder Zahl!”

About this work...

Naturally, Schubert's setting of Ludwig Hölty's Seligkeit (Blessedness) (D. 433) in May 1816 is a waltz. How else would a Viennese depict heaven except as a waltz? But just how serious is Schubert about his waltz? Hölty's three verses are set strophically to music that is almost too delightfully charming, so delightful... read more