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Der Neugierige (1823) D795f


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Die schöne Müllerin (D795 (Op. 25))


Der Neugierige

Ich frage keine Blume,
Ich frage keinen Stern,
Sie können mir alle nicht sagen,
Was ich erführ’ so gern.
Ich bin ja auch kein Gärtner,
Die Sterne stehn zu hoch;
Mein Bächlein will ich fragen,
Ob mich mein Herz belog.
O Bächlein meiner Liebe,
Wie bist du heut’ so stumm!
Will ja nur Eines wissen,
Ein Wörtchen um und um.
Ja, heisst das eine Wörtchen,
Das andre heisset Nein,
Die beiden Wörtchen schliessen
Die ganze Welt mir ein.
O Bächlein meiner Liebe,
Was bist du wunderlich!
Will’s ja nicht weiter sagen,
Sag’, Bächlein, liebt sie mich?

The Inquisitive One

I ask no flower,
I ask no star;
none of them can tell me
what I would so dearly like to hear.
For I am no gardener,
and the stars are too high;
I will ask my little brook
if my heart has lied to me.
O brook of my love,
how silent you are today!
I wish to know just one thing,
one small word, over and over again.
One word is ‘yes’,
the other is ‘no’;
these two words contain for me
the whole world.
O brook of my love,
how strange you are.
I will tell no one else:
say, brook, does she love me?
Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

Composer

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.

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Poet

Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Müller was a German lyric poet.
Wilhelm Müller was born on October 7, 1794 at Dessau, the son of a tailor. He was educated at the gymnasium of his native town and at the University of Berlin, where he devoted himself to philological and historical studies. In 1813-1814 he took part, as a volunteer in the Prussian army, in the national rising against Napoleon. He participated in the battles of Lützen, Bautzen, Hanau and Kulm. In 1814 he returned to his studies at Berlin. From 1817 to 1819, he visited southern Germany and Italy, and in 1820 published his impressions of the latter in Rom, Römer und Römerinnen. In 1819, he was appointed teacher of classics in the Gelehrtenschule at Dessau, and in 1820 librarian to the ducal library. He remained there the rest of his life, dying of a heart attack aged only 32.

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