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Liane (1815) D298


„Hast du Lianen nicht gesehen?“
„Ich sah sie zu dem Teiche gehn.“
Durch Busch und Hecke rennt er fort,
Und kommt an ihren Lieblingsort.
Die Linde spannt ihr grünes Netz,
Aus Rosen tönt des Bachs Geschwätz;
Die Blätter rötet Sonnengold,
Und alles ist der Freude hold.
Liane fährt auf einem Kahn,
Vertraute Schwäne nebenan.
Sie spielt die Laute, singt ein Lied,
Wie Liebe in ihr selig blüht.
Das Schifflein schwanket, wie es will,
Sie senkt das Haupt und denket still
An ihn, der im Gebüsche ist,
Sie bald in seine Arme schliesst.


‘Have you seen Liane?’
‘I saw her walking to the pond.’
He runs off, through bush and hedgerow,
until he reaches her favourite spot.
The lime tree stretches its green net,
the brook babbles among the roses;
golden sunlight tinges the leaves,
and everything is touched with joy.
Liane glides along in a boat,
her beloved swans accompany her.
She plays her lute, and sings
of the blissful love that blossoms within her.
The boat rocks as it pleases,
she lets her head sink, and thinks silently
of him who is in the bushes,
and who will soon enfold her in his arms.

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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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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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