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Das Mädchen (1819) D652

Das Mädchen

Wie so innig, möcht’ ich sagen,
Sich der meine mir ergibt,
Um zu lindern meine Klagen,
Dass er nicht so innig liebt.
Will ich’s sagen, so entschwebt es;
Wären Töne mir gerliehen,
Flöss’ es hin in Harmonien,
Denn in jenen Tönen lebt es.
Nur die Nachtigall kann sagen,
Wie er innig sich mir giebt,
Um zu lindern meine Klagen,
Dass er nicht so innig liebt.

The Maiden

I should like to say that my beloved
shows me such ardent devotion
in order to still my complaints,
that he does not love me ardently.
When I am about to tell him, the words float away;
if the power of music were granted me
my feelings would pour out in harmonies,
for they live in music.
Only the nightingale can say
what ardent devotion he shows me
in order to still my complaints,
that he does not love me ardently.

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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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