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Nach einem Gewitter (1817) D561

Nach einem Gewitter

Auf den Blumen flimmern Perlen,
Philomelens Klagen fliessen;
Mutiger nun dunkle Erlen
In die reinen Lüfte spriessen.
Und dem Tale, so erblichen,
Kehret holde Röte wieder,
In der Blüten Wohlgerüchen
Baden Vögel ihr Gefieder.
Hat die Brust sich ausgewittert,
Seitwärts lehnt der Gott den Bogen,
Und sein golden Antlitz zittert
Reiner auf versöhnten Wogen.

After a Thunderstorm

Pearls glisten on the flowers;
Philomel’s lament pours forth.
More boldly now, dark alders
shoot up into the pure air.
And to the valley, grown so pale,
a fair flush returns.
In the fragrance of the flowers
birds bathe their plumage.
When the storm has ceased within the heart
God tilts his bow sideways,
and his golden countenance glitters
more clearly upon the stilled waves.

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

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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