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Beim Winde (1819) D669

Beim Winde

Es träumen die Wolken, 
Die Sterne, der Mond,
Die Bäume, die Vögel,
Die Blumen, der Strom, 
Sie wiegen und schmiegen 
Sich tiefer zurück,
Zur ruhigen Stätte, 
Zum tauigen Bette, 
Zum heimlichen Glück. 
Doch Blättergesäusel 
Und Wellengekräusel 
Verkünden Erwachen; 
Denn ewig geschwinde, 
Unruhige Winde,
Sie stöhnen, sie fachen.
Erst schmeichelnde Regung, 
Dann wilde Bewegung;
Und dehnende Räume. 
Verschlingen die Träume.
Im Busen, im reinen, 
Bewahre die Deinen; 
Es ströme dein Blut, 
Vor rasenden Stürmen 
Besonnen zu schirmen 
Die heilige Glut.

When the wind blows

They dream – the clouds, 
stars, moon,
trees, birds,
flower and stream; 
lulled, they nestle
more deeply down
to peaceful places, 
dewy beds
and secret happiness. 
But rustling leaves 
and rippling waves 
herald the awakening; 
for winds,
eternally swift and restless, 
moan and stir.
First coaxing,
then wildly agitated; 
dreams are engulfed
by the expanding spaces.
Guard your dear ones
in your pure heart;
let your blood course,
that you may wisely protect 
the sacred glow
from raging storms.

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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