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Pagenlied (1835) WoO

Pagenlied

Wenn die Sonne lieblich schiene
Wie in Welschland lau und blau,
Ging’ ich mit der Mandoline
Durch die überglänzte Au’.
In der Nacht das Liebchen lauschte
An dem Fenster süß verwacht,
Wünschte mir und ihr, uns beiden,
Heimlich eine schöne Nacht.
Wenn die Sonne lieblich schiene
Wie in Welschland lau und blau,
Ging’ ich mit der Mandoline
Durch die überglänzte Au’.

Page's Song

If the sun were to shine gently
As in Italy, from warm, blue skies,
I would go with my mandoline
Through the sun-drenched meadow.
In the night my love would listen
From her window, sweetly awake,
And she would wish both of us,
In secret, a lovely night.
If the sun were to shine gently
As in Italy, from warm, blue skies,
I would go with my mandoline
Through the sun-drenched meadow.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Composer

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), brother of Fanny Mendelssohn and grandson of Haskalah and Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's compositions include symphonies, concertos, piano music and chamber music. 

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Poet

Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff was a German poet, novelist, playwright, literary critic, translator, and anthologist. Eichendorff was one of the major writers and critics of Romanticism. Ever since their publication and up to the present day, some of his works have been very popular in Germany.

Eichendorff first became famous for his novella Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts (Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing) and his poems. The Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing, a typical romantic novella, whose main themes are wanderlust and love. The protagonist, the son of a miller, rejects his father's trade and becomes a gardener at a Viennese palace where he subsequently falls in love with the local duke's daughter. As, with his lowly status, she is unattainable for him, he escapes to Italy - only to return and learn that she is the duke's adopted daughter, and thus within his social reach. With its combination of dream world and realism, Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing is considered to be a high point of Romantic fiction. One critic stated that "Eichendorff’s 'Good-For-Nothing' is the "personification of love of nature and an obsession with hiking." Thomas Mann called Eichendorff's Good-For-Nothing a combination of "the purity of the folk song and the fairy tale."

Many of Eichendorff's poems were first published as integral parts of his novellas and stories, where they are often performed in song by one of the protagonists. The novella Good-For-Nothing alone contains 54 poems.

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