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In der Fremde I no.2


Part of a series or song cycle:

Nachgelassene Lieder (Eichendorff)


In der Fremde I

Da fahr’ ich still im Wagen,
Du bist so weit von mir, 
Wohin er mich mag tragen,
Ich bleibe doch bei dir.
Da fliegen Wälder, Klüfte
Und schöne Täler tief
Und Lerchen hoch in Lüften,
Als ob dein’ Stimme rief.
Die Sonne lustig scheinet
Weit über das Revier,
Ich bin so froh verweinet,
Und singe still in mir.
Vom Berge geht’s hinunter,
Das Posthorn schallt im Grund,
Mein’ Seel’ wird mir so munter,
Grüss’ dich aus Herzensgrund.

In a foreign land I

Silent I ride in the coach,
You are so far from me,
Wherever it may bear me,
I shall remain with you.
Woods, gorges fly by,
And valleys lovely and deep,
And larks high in the air,
As if your voice were calling.
The sun shines brightly
Across the countryside,
I weep such tears of joy,
And my heart sings within me.
Down from the mountain I go,
The posthorn rings out below,
My soul becomes so joyful,
I greet you from my heart.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Composer

Hugo Philipp Jacob Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin. He is particularly known for his art song, or Lieder. His Lieder display a concentrated expressive intensity unique to Wolf. 

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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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