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Danksagung an den Bach (1823)


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Die schöne Müllerin (D795 (Op. 25))


Danksagung an den Bach

War es also gemeint,
Mein rauschender Freund, 
Dein Singen, dein Klingen, 
War es also gemeint?
„Zur Müllerin hin!“
So lautet der Sinn.
Gelt, hab’ ich’s verstanden? 
„Zur Müllerin hin!“
Hat sie dich geschickt?
Oder hast mich berückt? 
Das möcht’ ich noch wissen, 
Ob sie dich geschickt.
Nun wie’s auch mag sein,
Ich gebe mich drein:
Was ich such’, hab’ ich funden, 
Wie’s immer mag sein.
Nach Arbeit ich frug,
Nun hab’ ich genug,
Für die Hände, für’s Herze 
Vollauf genug!

Thanksgiving to the brook

Is this what you meant,
my babbling friend?
Your singing, your murmuring – 
is this what you meant?
‘To the maid of the mill!’ 
This is your meaning; 
have I understood you? 
‘To the maid of the mill!’
Did she send you,
or have you entranced me?
I should like to know this, too: 
did she send you?
However it may be,
I yield to my fate:
what I sought I have found, 
however it may be.
I asked for work;
now I have enough
for hands and heart; 
enough, and more besides.
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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