This week, our Tune for Tuesday comes from Austrian composer, Franz Schubert. Schubert (1797-1828) was a very famous composer of the early Romantic period, who was especially well-known for his vocal compositions, known as Lieder (German for “songs”). Wanderers Nachtlied is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe set to music by Schubert in 1822. We hope you enjoy listening to this performance of this beautiful Lied by German opera and Lieder baritone, Matthias Goerne.
Coffee Break German learners, for a test of your comprehension, see how much of the lyrics you can understand! We recommend finding them online and reading them as you listen if you’re finding the words difficult to pick out. Or if you’d like to hear the song played more slowly, we recommend watching the YouTube video below and selecting a slower playback speed by clicking on the settings symbol.
Do you know any other composers of Lieder? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Remember, whatever language you’re learning, you can enjoy our playlist of songs in many different languages and of a variety of genres by scrolling down.