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Eifersucht und Stolz (1823)

Part of a series or song cycle:

Die schöne Müllerin (D795 (Op. 25))

Eifersucht und Stolz

Wohin so schnell, so kraus und wild, mein lieber Bach?
Eilst du voll Zorn dem frechen Bruder Jäger nach?
Kehr’ um, kehr’ um, und schilt erst deine Müllerin
Für ihren leichten, losen, kleinen Flattersinn.
Sahst du sie gestern abend nicht am Tore stehn,
Mit langem Halse nach der grossen Strasse sehn?
Wenn von dem Fang der Jäger lustig zieht nach Haus,
Da steckt kein sittsam Kind den Kopf zum Fenster ’naus.
Geh’, Bächlein, hin und sag’ ihr das, doch sag’ ihr nicht,
Hörst du, kein Wort, von meinem traurigen Gesicht;
Sag’ ihr: Er schnitzt bei mir sich eine Pfeif’ aus Rohr,
Und bläst den Kindern schöne Tänz’ und Lieder vor.

Jealousy and Pride

Whither so fast, so ruffled and fierce, my beloved brook?
Do you hurry full of anger after our insolent huntsman friend?
Turn back, and first reproach your maid of the mill
for her frivolous, wanton inconstancy.
Did you not see her standing by the gate last night,
craning her neck as she looked towards the high road?
When the huntsman returns home merrily after the kill
a nice girl does not put her head out of the window.
Go, brook, and tell her this; but breathe not a word –
do you hear? – about my unhappy face;
tell her: he has cut himself a reed pipe on my banks,
and is piping pretty songs and dances for the children.
Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

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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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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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