Franz Schubert (1797–1828): Lieder

The New Bärenreiter Urtext Edition

The New Schubert Edition is the only scholarly-critical edition that will, once completed, include Franz Schubert's Lieder in their entirety. In response to the rising expectations of performers and listeners alike, all the Lieder will be published over the next few years in performing editions containing the musical text edited by Walther Dürr. The new series substitutes the edition jointly published by Bärenreiter and G. Henle which was started in 1977.

The new edition is scheduled to include eleven volumes. Each volume is published in three editions: high voice, medium voice and low voice. The volumes will appear annually.

The new edition stands under the artistic guidance of the internationally-renowned performers Christoph Prégardien and Andreas Staier.

“The New Schubert Edition is conceived as an open edition; by providing a text that adheres closely to the sources, it offers musicians more than one binding text for each work concerned. In addition to all sources sanctioned by the composer, it also takes into account performance variants that originated in Schubert‘s surroundings and convey an impression of contemporary performance practice.

The present practical edition is based on the New Schubert Edition and is noteworthy for preserving a great number of these variants. Performers are thus able to choose those readings that most closely coincide with their own understanding of the work in question. This new complete edition of Schubert‘s Lieder invites musicians to embark on a voyage of discovery in tune with historical performance practice.”

Christoph Prégardien & Andreas Staier



The Editor

For more than four decades Professor Walther Dürr was the Managing Editor of the New Schubert Edition in Tübingen, Germany. As part of his work at the New Schubert Edition, he is editing the Lieder volumes.

He has taught at the University of Tübingen and has also had temporary positions at the universities of Stuttgart, Freiburg and Berne. Walther Dürr is considered one of the most distinguished Schubert scholars.