Kaiser Ferdinand II., D.Anh.I/29 (Schubert, Franz)

Authorship Note
Franz Schubert's authorship of this work is doubtful

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Work Title Kaiser Ferdinand II.
Alternative. Title Emperor Ferdinand II
Composer Schubert, Franz
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. D.Anh.I/29
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IFS 989
Key A major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Freudig und staunend
Text Incipit Was reget die Stadt sich in freudiger Hast?
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1809?
First Publication. 1853
Librettist Karoline Pichler (1769-1843)
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 11 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice, piano

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The work first appeared in 1853 in a collection titled "Der kleine Sänger" ("The Little Singer"), in a version for two voices and piano. The song was included along with two other songs by Schubert, "Der Graf von Habsburg", D.990 and "Kaiser Maximilian auf der Martinswand in Tirol", D.990a. The collection includes a dedication to "his Excellency Mr. Andreas Count von Hohenwart" by Ferdinand Schubert, and because of this, it is doubtful as to whether all three songs were in fact written by his brother Franz Schubert. The authenticity of the other two songs has been established, but not in the case of "Kaiser Ferdinand II." The song will be published by the Neue Schubert-Ausgabe in Volume 1b ("Incerta") of Series VIII ("Supplement"). Reinhard van Hoorickx, who studied Schubert's oeuvre and completed many of his unfinished songs, has speculated that if the song was indeed written by Franz Schubert, it would have been a very early composition, dating from around 1809.

The text of the poem was long believed to be by an unknown author; in fact, it is listed as such in the 1978 revised version of the Deutsch Catalogue, but now it is known that it was written by Karoline Pichler.