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Der entsühnte Orest (1820) D699

Der entsühnte Orest

Zu meinen Füssen brichst du dich,
O heimatliches Meer,
Und murmelst sanft: „Triumph, Triumph!“
Ich schwinge Schwert und Speer.
Mykene ehrt als König mich,
Beut meinem Wirken Raum,
Und über meinem Scheitel saust
Des Lebens goldner Baum.
Mit morgendlichen Rosen schmückt
Der Frühling meine Bahn,
Und auf der Liebe Wellen schwebt
Dahin mein leichter Kahn.
Diana naht; o Retterin,
Erhöre du mein Fleh’n!
Lass mich, das Höchste wurde mir,
Zu meinen Vätern geh’n!

Orestes Purified

You break at my feet,
sea of my homeland,
and softly murmur: ‘Triumph! Triumph!’
I wield my sword and spear.
Mycenae honours me as King,
offers me freedom for my actions;
and above my head rustles
the golden tree of life.
Spring adorns my path
with fresh roses,
and my boat glides lightly along
on waves of love.
Diana approaches; my saviour,
hear my prayer!
Let me know the highest joy:
let me return to my fathers.

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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