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Der Sommer (1989)

Der Sommer

Noch ist die Zeit des Jahrs zu sehn, und die Gefilde
Des Sommers stehn in ihrem Glanz, in ihrer Milde;
Des Feldes Grün ist prächtig ausgebreitet,
Allwo der Bach hinab mit Wellen gleitet.
So zieht der Tag hinaus durch Berg und Tale,
Mit seiner Unaufhaltsamkeit und seinem Strahle,
Und Wolken ziehn in Ruh’, in hohen Räumen,
Es scheint das Jahr mit Herrlichkeit zu säumen.

The summer

Still the time of year can be seen, and the fields
Of summer stand in their radiance, their mildness;
The green of the field is spread in glory,
Where the brook glides down with its wavelets.
Thus the day wanders out through mountains and valleys,
Irresistibly with its rays,
And clouds drift on quietly, high above,
The year seems to hold back its splendour.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

György Sándor Ligeti was a Hungarian-Austrian composer of contemporary classical music.


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Poet

Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin (20 March 1770 – 7 June 1843) was a German poet and philosopher. Described by Norbert von Hellingrath as "the most German of Germans", Hölderlin was a key figure of German Romanticism. Particularly due to his early association with and philosophical influence on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, he was also an important thinker in the development of German Idealism. You can read more about his life and some of his poetry here. You can read a lot of his work here in the original German.

Hölderlin's poetry has inspired many composers, generating vocal music and instrumental music. One of the earliest settings of Hölderlin's poetry is Schicksalslied by Johannes Brahms, based on Hyperions Schicksalslied. Other composers of Hölderlin settings include Peter Cornelius, Hans Pfitzner, Richard Strauss , Max Reger, and Benjamin Britten, to name just a few. 

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