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Aus Heliopolis II (1822) D754

Aus Heliopolis II

Fels auf Felsen hingewälzet, 
Fester Grund und treuer Halt; 
Wasserfälle, Windesschauer, 
Unbegriffene Gewalt.
Einsam auf Gebirges Zinne, 
Kloster wie auch Burgruine, 
Grab’ sie der Erinn’rung ein! 
Denn der Dichter lebt vom Sein.
Atme du den heil’gen Äther 
Schling die Arme um die Welt, 
Nur dem Würdigen, dem Grossen 
Bleibe mutig zugesellt.
Lass die Leidenschaften sausen 
Im metallenen Akkord,
Wenn die starken Stürme brausen, 
Findest du das rechte Wort.

From 'Heliopolis' II

Rock piled upon rock,
firm ground and steady foothold; 
waterfalls, blasts of wind, 
uncomprehended power.
Solitary, on the mountain peak,
stands a monastery and a ruined castle; 
etch them in the memory,
for the poet lives through existence.
Breathe the holy ether,
clasp the world in your arms; 
boldly consort
only with the worthy and the great.
Let the passions seethe
in brazen harmony.
When fierce tempests rage 
you will find the right word.

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

Johann Baptist Mayrhofer , was an Austrian poet and librettist. He is best known for his close friendship with the composer Franz Schubert.

Mayrhofer was born in Steyr, educated and Novitiate in St. Florian's Priory Upper Austria. In 1810 he began to study Jurisprudence and Theology at the University of Vienna, both of which courses he finished. In 1814 he met the young composer Franz Schubert and his friends (Joseph von Spaun, Franz von Schober).

Mayrhofer wrote a lot of lyric poetry and published it in 1824.

47 Schubert songs and two of his operas are based on Mayrhofer’s lyric poems.

As a young man Mayrhofer had been hopelessly in love with Mina (Wilhelmina Watteroth), the daughter of Heinrich Watteroth, who was one of Mayrhofer's professors and for a short time also his landlord. In his late years Mayrhofer (like Schubert) fell in love with a young 15-year-old girl, the daughter of his landlord Doctor Strauss. Mayrhofer, who had been a hypochondriac all his life, committed suicide by jumping from the window of his office in Vienna.

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