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Nachtgesang (1815) D314

Nachtgesang

Tiefe Feier
Schauert um die Welt.
Braune Schleier
Hüllen Wald und Feld.
Trüb und matt und müde
Nickt jedes Leben ein,
Und namenloser Friede
Umsäuselt alles Sein!
Blaue Ferne,
Hoch über mich erhöht!
Heil’ge Sterne
In hehrer Majestät!
Sagt mir, ist es stiller,
Ihr Funkelnden, bei euch,
Als in der Eitelkeiten
Aufruhrvollem Reich?

Night Song

A profound solemnity
descends on the world.
A brown veil
envelops wood and field.
Dim and dull and weary
this life slumbers,
and indescribable peace
rustles around all beings.
Blue distance,
rising high above me!
Holy stars
in sublime majesty!
Tell me, is it quieter
near you, you sparkling lights,
than in the rebellious realm
of vanity?

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

Ludwig Gotthard Kosegarten, also known as Ludwig Theobul or Ludwig Theoboul, was a German poet and Lutheran preacher.

Kosegarten was born in Grevesmühlen, in the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. After studying theology at the University of Greifswald, he served as the pastor of Altenkirchen on the island of Rügen, then part of Swedish Pomerania.

After his ordination in 1792 he was given the rectorate in the parish church of Altenkirchen on Rügen. In this capacity he gave the famous shore sermons on the cliffs near Vitt. He went there to the herring fishermen, who during the time of herring fishing could not go to the church in Altenkirchen due to their work. These sermons were a great success, which is why the Vitt Chapel was erected in 1806. During his stay on Rügen he wrote many reports about the island, that made both Rügen and Kosegarten famous.

Kosegarten's books were burned at the Wartburg festival on 18 October 1817. He influenced the work of Philipp Otto Runge, Caspar David Friedrich, and the music of Franz Schubert.

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