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Schlaflied ‘Schlummerlied’ (1817) D527

Schlaflied ‘Schlummerlied’

Es mahnt der Wald, es ruft der Strom:
„Du liebes Bübchen, zu uns komm!“
Der Knabe kommt, und staunend weilt,
Und ist von jedem Schmerz geheilt.
Aus Büschen flötet Wachtelschlag,
Mit ihren Farben spielt der Tag;
Auf Blümchen rot, auf Blümchen blau
Erglänzt des Himmels feuchter Tau.
Ins frische Gras legt er sich hin,
Lässt über sich die Wolken ziehn,
An seine Mutter angeschmiegt,
Hat ihn der Traumgott eingewiegt.

Sleep Song 'Slumber Song'

The woods exhort, the river cries out:
‘Sweet boy, come to us!’
The boy approaches, marvels and tarries,
and is healed of all pain.
The quail’s song echoes from the bushes,
the day makes play with shimmering colours;
on flowers red and blue
the moist dew of heaven glistens.
He lies down in the cool grass
and lets the clouds drift above him;
nestling close to his mother
he is lulled to sleep by the god of dreams.
Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

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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