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Romanze „Der Vollmond Strahlt“ (1823) D797 no.3

Romanze „Der Vollmond Strahlt“

Der Vollmond strahlt auf Bergeshöhn –
Wie hab ich dich vermisst!
Du süsses Herz! es ist so schön,
Wenn treu die Treue küsst.
Was frommt des Maien holde Zier?
Du warst mein Frühlingsstrahl!
Licht meiner Nacht, o lächle mir
Im Tode noch einmal!
Sie trat hinein beim Vollmondschein,
Sie blickte himmelwärts:
„Im Leben fern, im Tode dein!“
Und sanft brach Herz an Herz.

Romance ‘The full moon beams’

The full moon beams on the mountain tops;
how I have missed you!
Sweetheart, it is so beautiful
when true love truly kisses.
What are May’s fair adorments to me?
You were my ray of spring.
Light of my night, O smile upon me
once more in death.
She entered in the light of the full moon,
and gazed heavenwards.
‘In life far away, yet in death yours!’
And gently heart broke upon heart.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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

Helmina von Chézy, née Wilhelmine Christiane von Klencke, was a German journalist, poet and playwright. She is known for writing the libretto for Carl Maria von Weber's opera Euryanthe (1823) and the play Rosamunde, for which Franz Schubert composed incidental music.

Helmina was born in Berlin, the daughter of Prussian officer Carl Friedrich von Klencke and his wife Caroline Louise von Klencke (1754–1802), daughter of Anna Louisa Karsch and herself a poet. The marriage of her parents had already broken up at her birth and she was partly raised by her grandmother. She debuted as a writer at the age of 14.

Married the first time in 1799, she divorced the next year and upon the death of her mother moved to Paris, where she worked as a correspondent for several German papers. From 1803 to 1807 she edited her own Französische Miszellen ("French Miscellanea") journal, commenting on political issues, which earned her trouble with the ubiquitous censors.

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