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Der Sieg (1824) D805

Der Sieg

O unbewölktes Leben!
So rein und tief und klar!
Uralte Träume schweben
Auf Blumen wunderbar.
Der Geist zerbrach die Schranken,
Des Körpers träges Blei;
Er waltet gross und frei.
Es laben die Gedanken
An Edens Früchten sich;
Der alte Fluch entwich.
Was ich auch je gelitten,
Die Palme ist erstritten,
Gestillet mein Verlangen.
Die Musen selber sangen
Die Schlang’ in Todesschlaf,
Und meine Hand, sie traf.

The Victory

O unclouded life,
so pure, so deep and clear!
Age-old dreams float
miraculously over the flowers.
The spirit broke the fetters
of the body’s inert leaden mass;
it roams great and free.
The mind is refreshed
by the fruits of Paradise;
the ancient curse is no more.
Whatever I may have suffered,
the palm is now won
and my longing stilled.
The Muses themselves sang
the snake to the sleep of death,
and my hand struck the blow.

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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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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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