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Blanka (1818) D631


Wenn mich einsam Lüfte fächeln, 
Muss ich lächeln,
Wie ich kindisch tändelnd kose 
Mit der Rose.
Wären nicht die neuen Schmerzen, 
Möcht ich scherzen;
Könnt’ ich, was ich ahnde, sagen, 
Würd’ ich klagen,
Und auch bange hoffend fragen:
Was verkünden meine Loose?
Tändl’ ich gleich mit Scherz und Rose, 
Muss ich lächelnd dennoch klagen. 


When, in my solitude, breezes fan me, 
I must smile,
as, like a child, I playfully 
fondle the rose.
If it were not for this new suffering, 
I should jest.
If I could say what I feel,
I should complain,
and ask with anxious hope
what my fate offers me.
Even if I jest, and dally with roses, 
still I must complain as I smile.

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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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Karl Wilhelm Friedrich (after 1814: von) Schlegel  was a German poet, literary critic, philosopher, philologist and indologist. With his older brother, August Wilhelm Schlegel, he was one of the main figures of the Jena romantics. He was a zealous promoter of the Romantic movement and inspired Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Adam Mickiewicz and Kazimierz Brodziński. Schlegel was a pioneer in Indo-European studies, comparative linguistics, in what became known as Grimm's law, and morphological typology. As a young man he was an atheist, a radical, and an individualist. Ten years later, the same Schlegel converted to Catholicism. Around 1810 he was a diplomat and journalist in the service of Metternich, surrounded by monks and pious men of society.

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