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Coronach ‘Totengesang der Frauen und Mädchen’ (1825) D836

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Sieben Gesänge aus Walter Scotts ‘Fräulein vom See’ (D837)

Coronach ‘Totengesang der Frauen und Mädchen’

Er ist uns geschieden vom Berg und vom Walde
Wie versiegte Quelle, als Not uns bedrängte.
Die Quelle wird fliessen, genährt von dem Regen,
Uns scheint nie mehr Freude, dem Duncan kein Morgen.
Die Hand des Schnitters nimmt reife Ähren,
Unser Trauergesang klagt blühende Jugend.
Der Herbstwind treibt Blätter, die gelben, die welken,
Es blüht’ unsre Blume, als Mehltau sie welkte.
Ihr flüchtigen Füsse, du Rat in Bedrängnis,
Du Arm im Streite, wie tief ist dein Schlummer.
Wie Tau auf den Bergen, wie Schaum auf dem Bache,
Wie Blas’ auf der Welle bist ewig geschieden.

Coronach 'Threnody of women and maidens'

He is gone from our mountains and forests
like a dried-up spring, in our direst need.
The spring will flow again, nourished by the rain.
But joy will shine no more for us, and no morning will dawn for Duncan.
The hand of the reaper takes ripe ears of corn,
our lament mourns the bloom of youth.
The autumn wind scatters leaves, yellow and withered; your flower
was in full bloom when mildew tainted it.
Swift feet, counsel in distress,
strong arm in battle – how deep is your slumber.
Like dew on the mountains, like foam on the stream,
like surf on the waves, you have gone for ever.

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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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Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet FRSE FSA Scot (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright and historian. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Old Mortality, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.

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