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Im Abendrot (1825) D799

Im Abendrot

O wie schön ist deine Welt,
Vater, wenn sie golden strahlet!
Wenn dein Glanz herniederfällt,
Und den Staub mit Schimmer malet;
Wenn das Rot, das in der Wolke blinkt,
In mein stilles Fenster sinkt!
Könnt’ ich klagen, könnt’ ich zagen?
Irre sein an dir und mir?
Nein, ich will im Busen tragen
Deinen Himmel schon allhier.
Und dies Herz, eh’ es zusammenbricht,
Trinkt noch Glut und schlürft noch Licht.

In the glow of evening

How lovely is your world,
Father, in its golden radiance
when your glory descends
and paints the dust with glitter;
when the red light that shines from the clouds
falls silently upon my window.
Could I complain? Could I be apprehensive?
Could I lose faith in you and in myself?
No, I already bear your heaven
here within my heart.
And this heart, before it breaks,
still drinks in the fire and savours the light.
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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Karl Lappe was the youngest son of the pastor of Wusterhusen. After the early death of his father he attended the city school in Wolgast from 1780.. From 1790 he studied  theology, philosophy and philology at the University of Greifswald.

After graduation he worked as a tutor at Kosegarten in Altenkirchen (Rügen) . In 1801 he moved to the Stralsunder school . He circulated a selection of his poetry to his students. Some of his works deal with the events of the German Campaign of 1813 and he was revered as a patriotic freedom singer.

In 1817 he had to give up teaching after a serious illness. He settled in Pütte and devoted himself to writing and the education of his children. 

In addition to love poetry, Lappe wrote mainly of his native West Pomerania. He traveled to almost every corner of the country. The most frequent subject of his lyrical works was the island of Rügen . In his poems he praised the beauty of the sea, the land and its inhabitants. In addition, he described the lives of some of his countrymen. Along with Friedrich Joachim Philipp von Suckow he founded in Stralsund  in 1827the literary weekly magazine Sundine .

Karl Lappe died in Stralsund in 1843.

Schubert set to music is poems Der Einsame (D800), Im Abendrot (D799) and Flucht (D825 no.3)


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