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Der Abend (1815) D221

Der Abend

Der Abend blüht,
Temora glüht
Im Glanz der tiefgesunken Sonne.
Es küsst die See
Die Sinkende,
Von Ehrfurcht schaudernd und von Wonne.
Nacht hüllt den Strand,
Temora schwand.
Verlodert sind des Spätroths Gluthen.
Das Weltmeer grollt,
Und gluthroth rollt
Der Vollmond aus den düstern Fluthen.

The Evening

The evening blossoms,
Temora glows
in the lustre of the setting sun.
The sinking sun
kisses the lake,
trembling in reverence and ecstasy.
Night covers the beach,
Temora fades away.
The sunset’s glow is extinguished.
The great sea roars,
And bloody swims the moon
Upon the gloomy flood.

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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