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Abendständchen. An Lina (1815) D265

Abendständchen. An Lina

Sei sanft, wie ihre Seele, 
Und heiter wie ihr Blick,
O Abend! und vermähle 
Mit selt’ner Treu das Glück.
Wenn alles schläft, und trübe 
Die stille Lampe scheint, 
Und hoffnungslose Liebe
Oft helle Tränen weint:

Evening Serenade. To Lina

Be as gentle as her soul,
and as serene as her gaze,
O evening, and reward
such rare constancy with happiness!
When all sleep,
the silent lamp burns dimly; 
only hopeless love
often sheds its shining tears.

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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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Gabriele (or Gabriella) von Baumberg (or Bamberg), wife of János Batsányi (also Bacsányi), was an Austrian author and poet.

Von Baumberg was born in Vienna, the daughter of an Austrian civil servant. She received a humanistic education and from early on was fascinated by literature. As a result of her interest she later frequented the literary circles of Vienna.

She married the Hungarian author János Batsányi in 1805. Her husband translated Napoleon's proclamation into Hungarian after which, as a traitor, he was obliged to flee to Paris, taking his wife with him.

After the end of the Napoleonic Wars Batsányi was handed over to the Austrian authorities, who at first imprisoned him in Vienna and then exiled him to Linz. Gabriele accompanied him to both places, and died in Linz in 1839.

She wrote short poems and prose pieces throughout her life.

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