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Morgenlied (1815) D266


Willkommen, rotes Morgenlicht!
Es grüsset dich mein Geist,
Der durch des Schlafes Hülle bricht,
Und seinen Schöpfer preis’t.
Willkommen, goldner Morgenstrahl,
Der schon den Berg begrüsst,
Und bald im stillen Quellental
Die kleine Blume küsst!

Morning Song

Welcome, rosy light of morning!
My spirit greets you,
breaking through the veil of sleep
to praise its Creator.
Welcome, golden ray of morning,
which already greets the mountains,
and in the silent valley, by the stream,
will soon kiss the little flowers.

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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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Friedrich Leopold Graf zu Stolberg-Stolberg, was a German poet, lawyer and translator born at Bramstedt in Holstein (then a part of Denmark).
Friedrich Leopold belonged to a cadet branch of the Stolberg family. He was born the son of a Danish magistrate and owner of a manorial estate, Count Christian zu Stolberg. Together with his brother Christian, Friedrich Leopold went to the University of Halle in 1770, in order to study German Law. His other studies embraced the Classics and various historical courses. The two brothers then studied in Göttingen and were a prominent members of the famous Hain or Dichterbund, a society of young men who had high aspirations for the unity of the country, and who cultivated German poetry. After leaving the university the brothers made a journey to Switzerland in company with the famed poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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