Rastlose Liebe

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Portrait of Franz Schubert by Franz Eybl (1827)

"Rastlose Liebe" ("Restless Love") is a Lied composed by Franz Schubert and published in July 1821 as Op. 5, No. 1. In Otto Erich Deutsch's catalog it is D138. The song, dedicated to Anton Salieri, is based on a text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, written during a snowstorm in the Thuringian Forest.

Schubert made two settings of "Rastlose Liebe": the first, composed 19 May 1815, (original key: E major), was published as Op. 5 No. 1. Its first public performance was given by the tenor Ludwig Titze at a Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde concert in Vienna, on 29 January 1824.[1]

The song has been performed by both male and female voices. The tempo marking of the first version is "Schnell, mit Leidenschaft" (Fast, with passion). The piece contains great dynamic variation.[2]

The second setting, in D major, tempo 'Schnell', written in 1821, was published in 1970 in part IV, volume 1 of the New Schubert Edition.


  1. ^ Otto Erich Deutsch. Franz Schubert, thematisches Verzeichnis seiner Werke in chronologischer Folge, p. 97. Bärenreiter, 1978. ISBN 9783761805718
  2. ^ Saya, Virginia, and Richard Walters (ed). The Lieder Anthology. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Corporation, 2003. 174–78.

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D Op.
AGA (@IMSLP) NSA Name Lyrics (The LiederNet Archive) Date Additional info
138 5,1
XX, 3 No. 177 IV, 1 Rastlose Liebe Dem Schnee, dem Regen, dem Wind entgegen 19/5/1815
May 1821
Text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Two versions: 1st version, in AGA, is Op. 5 No. 1