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Am See (1822) D746

Am See

In des Sees Wogenspiele
Fallen durch den Sonnenschein 
Sterne, ach, gar viele, viele, 
Flammend leuchtend stets hinein. 
Wenn der Mensch zum See geworden, 
In der Seele Wogenspiele
Fallen aus des Himmels Pforten 
Sterne, ach, gar viele, viele.

By the lake

Into the lake’s play of waves, 
through the sunlight,
stars, O so many stars,
fall ceaselessly, flaming, gleaming. 
If man becomes a lake,
stars, O so many stars,
will fall from the gates of heaven
into the play of waves within his soul.

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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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Franz Joseph von Bruchmann was the son of Johann Christian Maria von Bruchmann, director of the Vienna National Bank, one of the richest men in Vienna and  patron of Franz Schubert and the artist Leopold Kupelwieser.  In his Vienna home Johann Christian  hosted the so-called Schubertiaden, musical and literary evenings with Schubert at their centre.

Franz Joseph graduated in Law in 1827 and joined the Austrian civil service. Following the untimely death of his wife Juliana in 1830 , he went to Rome and entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, and was ordained in Graz in 1833.  In 1841 he founded the Redemptorist mission in Upper Bavaria. He later became the Provincial of the Austrian and German congregations.

Schubert set five of Franz Joseph’s poems to music: Am Zee (D746), An die Leier (D737), Der Zürnende Barde (D785), Im Haine (D738), and Schewstergruss (D763)

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