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Frühlingslied Op. 8 no.6

Frühlingslied

Jetzt kommt der Frühling, der Himmel isch blau,
Die Wegle sin trucken, die Lüfte geh’n lau.
Jetzt kommt der Frühling, die Vögle im Wald
Zwitschern und locka ihre Weible wohl bald.
Jetzt kommt der Frühling, die Bähm schlage aus,
Un i bring mei Schätzle ein Veigelestrauss.

Spring song

Spring now comes, the sky is blue,
The paths are dry, the air is mild.
Spring now comes, the birds in the wood
Twitter and will soon woo their wives.
Spring now comes, the tree are budding,
And I shall bring a posy of violets to my love.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), brother of Fanny Mendelssohn and grandson of Haskalah and Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's compositions include symphonies, concertos, piano music and chamber music. 

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Poet

Friedrich Rückert was a German poet, translator, and professor of Oriental languages.

Rückert was born at Schweinfurt and was the eldest son of a lawyer. He was educated at the local Gymnasium and at the universities of Würzburg and Heidelberg. From 1816–1817, he worked on the editorial staff of the Morgenblatt at Stuttgart. Nearly the whole of the year 1818 he spent in Rome, and afterwards he lived for several years at Coburg (1820–1826). Rückert married Luise Wiethaus-Fischer there in 1821. He was appointed a professor of Oriental languages at the University of Erlangen in 1826, and, in 1841, he was called to a similar position in Berlin, where he was also made a privy councillor. In 1849 he resigned his professorship at Berlin, and went to live full-time in his Gut (estate) at Neuses (now a part of Coburg).

When Rückert began his literary career, Germany was engaged in her life-and-death struggle with Napoleon; and in his first volume, Deutsche Gedichte (German Poems), published in 1814 under the pseudonym Freimund Raimar, he gave, particularly in the powerful Geharnischte Sonette (Sonnets in Arms/Harsh Words), vigorous expression to the prevailing sentiment of his countrymen. During 1815 to 1818 appeared Napoleon, eine politische Komödie in drei Stücken (Napoleon, a Political Comedy in Three Parts) of which only two parts were published; and in 1817 Der Kranz der Zeit (The Wreath of Time).

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