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An mein Klavier (1816) D342

An mein Klavier

Sanftes Klavier,
Welche Entzückungen schaffest du mir, 
Sanftes Klavier!
Wenn sich die Schönen
Tändelnd verwöhnen,
Weih’ ich mich dir, 
Liebes Klavier!
Bin ich allein,
Hauch’ ich dir meine Empfindungen ein,
Himmlisch und rein. 
Unschuld im Spiele, 
Tugendgefühle, 
Sprechen aus dir, 
Trautes Klavier!
Sing’ ich dazu,
Goldener Flügel, welch’ himmlische Ruh’
Lispelst mir du! 
Tränen der Freude 
Netzen die Saite! 
Silberner Klang 
Trägt den Gesang.
Sanftes Klavier!
Welche Entzückungen schaffest du mir,
Goldnes Klavier! 
Wenn mich im Leben 
Sorgen umschweben, 
Töne du mir,
Trautes Klavier!

To my piano

Gentle piano,
what delights you bring me,
gentle piano!
While the spoilt beauties 
dally,
I devote myself to you, 
dear piano!
When I am alone
I whisper my feelings to you,
pure and celestial.
As I play, innocence 
and virtuous sentiments 
speak from you,
beloved piano!
When I sing with you,
golden keyboard, what heavenly peace
you whisper to me! 
Tears of joy
fall upon the strings. 
Silvery tone 
supports the song.
Gentle piano,
what delights you awaken within me,
golden piano! 
When in this life 
cares beset me, 
sing to me, 
beloved piano!

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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

Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart, was a German poet, organist, composer, and journalist. He was repeatedly punished for his writing and spent ten years in severe conditions in jail.

Born at Obersontheim in Swabia, he entered the University of Erlangen in 1758 as a student of theology. He led a dissolute life, and after two years' stay was summoned home by his parents. After attempting to earn a livelihood as private tutor and as assistant preacher, his musical talents gained him the appointment of organist in Geislingen an der Steige. Meeting Schubart in Ludwigsburg in 1772, Charles Burney called him "the first, real great harpsichord player that I had hitherto met with in Germany ... He is formed on the Bach school; but is an enthusiast, and original in genius. Many of his pieces are printed in Holland; they are full of taste and fire. He played on the Clavichord, with great delicacy and expression; his finger is brilliant, and fancy rich." Schubart was unappreciated in Ludwigsburg, according to Burney: "The common people think him mad, and the rest overlook him." As a consequence of his wild life and blasphemy, found expressed in a parody of the litany, he was later expelled from the country.

He then visited in turn Heilbronn, Mannheim, Munich and Augsburg. In Augsburg, he made a considerable stay, began his Deutsche Chronik (German Chronicle, 1774–1778) and eked out a subsistence by reciting from the latest works of prominent poets.

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