Sechs Lieder von [Christian Fürchtegott] Gellert, am Klavier zu singen ... [Opus No. 48]. Ludwig von Beethoven.

Sechs Lieder von [Christian Fürchtegott] Gellert, am Klavier zu singen ... [Opus No. 48].

Bonn: bey N. Simrock, n.d. [ca. 1803].

Later issue (?0 of ca. 1803 ed., without the price and publisher's no. on title page. Engraved title page + 15 pages engraved music (with lyrics). pp. [1], 2-16, publisher's catalogue number (368) printed at bottom of text. 1 vols. 22.5 x 32 cm. Disbound, laid into green paper portfolio. Kinsky-Halm, p. 115; Katalog der Sammlung Anthony van Hoboken, Bd. 2, [Nr.] 236. Item #220648

The exact date of the composition of Opus 48 (six songs for voice and piano) has not been definitely established, but the last was finished no later than March of 1802, and it appears that sketches of No. 3 survive from 1798.

These songs use texts by Christian Fürtegott Gellert, and they relate to views of God and the divine presence as it relates to life, death, nature, and man's love of his neighbor. The songs stand alone, and are considered less as a cycle and more as a series of loosely-connected songs.

Unusual, and a striking survival of a beautiful piece of music.

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