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Mit dem grünen Lautenbande (1823)


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Die schöne Müllerin (D795 (Op. 25))


Mit dem grünen Lautenbande

„Schad’ um das schöne grüne Band,
Dass es verbleicht hier an der Wand, 
Ich hab’ das Grün so gern!“
So sprachst du, Liebchen, heut’ zu mir; 
Gleich knüpf’ ich’s ab und send’ es dir: 
Nun hab’ das Grüne gern!
Ist auch dein ganzer Liebster weiss, 
Soll Grün doch haben seinen Preis, 
Und ich auch hab’ es gern.
Weil unsre Lieb’ ist immergrün,
Weil grün der Hoffnung Fernen blühn, 
Drum haben wir es gern.
Nun schlinge in die Locken dein
Das grüne Band gefällig ein,
Du hast ja’s Grün so gern.
Dann weiss ich, wo die Hoffnung grünt, 
Dann weiss ich, wo die Liebe front, 
Dann hab’ ich’s Grün erst gern.

To accompany the lute's green ribbon

‘What a pity that the lovely green ribbon 
should fade on the wall here;
I am so fond of green!’
That is what you said to me today, my love. 
I untied it at once and sent it to you:
now delight in green!
Though your sweetheart is all in white, 
green shall have its reward,
and I, too, am fond of it.
For our love is evergreen,
for distant hope blossoms green. 
That is why we are fond of it.
Now plait the green ribbon
prettily into your hair,
for you are so fond of green.
Then I shall know where hope dwells, 
then I shall know where love reigns, 
then I shall truly delight in green.
Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

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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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