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Leiden der Trennung (1816) D509

Leiden der Trennung

Vom Meere trennt sich die Welle,
Und seufzet durch Blumen im Tal,
Und fühlet, gewiegt in der Quelle,
Gebannt in dem Brunnen, nur Qual!
Es sehnt sich die Welle
In lispelnder Quelle,
Im murmelnden Bache,
Im Brunnengemache
Zum Meer, von dem sie kam,
von dem sie Leben nahm,
von dem, des Irrens matt und müde,
Sie süsse Ruh’ verhofft und Friede.

The Sorrow of Separation

The wave is separated from the sea
and sighs amid the flowers in the valley;
cradled in the spring,
captive in the well, it feels nothing but torment.
In the whispering spring,
in the murmuring brook,
in the well-chamber,
the wave longs
For the sea from which it came,
from which it drew life,
from which, faint and weary with wandering,
it hopes for peace and sweet repose.

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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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Heinrich Joseph von Collin, Austrian dramatist, was born in Vienna, on 26 December 1771. He received a legal education and entered the Austrian ministry of finance where he found speedy promotion. In 1805 and in 1809, when Austria was under the heel of Napoleon, Collin was entrusted with important political missions. In 1803 he was, together with other members of his family, ennobled, and in 1809 made Hofrat. He died on 28 July 1811 in Vienna.

His tragedy Regulus (1801), written in strict classical form, was received with enthusiasm in Vienna, where literary taste, less advanced than that of northern Germany, was still under the ban of French classicism. But in his later dramas, Coriolan (1804), Polyxena (1804), Balboa (1806), and Bianca della Porta (1808), he made some attempt to reconcile the pseudo-classic type of tragedy with that of Shakespeare and the German romanticists. As a lyric poet (Gedichte, collected 1812), Collin has left a collection of stirring Wehrmannslieder for the fighters in the cause of Austrian freedom, as well as some excellent ballads (Kaiser Max auf der Martinswand, Herzog Leupold vor Solothurn).

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