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Vom Berge (1911) Op. 5 no.10

Vom Berge

Da unten wohnte sonst mein Lieb,
Die ist jetzt schon begraben,
Der Baum noch vor der Türe blieb,
Wo wir gesessen haben.
Stets muß ich nach dem Hause sehn
Und seh doch nichts vor Weinen
Und wollt' ich auch hinuntergehn,
Ich stürb' dort so alleine!

From the mountain

My beloved once lived in the valley,
She now lies in her grave,
The tree still stands before her door,
Where we used to sit.
I keep gazing at her house
But can see nothing through my tears,
And even if I wished to go down to the valley,
I should die there so alone!

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Composer

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was an Austrian-born composer and conductor, and a notable figure in the history of Hollywood as a composer for films.

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Poet

Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff was a German poet, novelist, playwright, literary critic, translator, and anthologist. Eichendorff was one of the major writers and critics of Romanticism. Ever since their publication and up to the present day, some of his works have been very popular in Germany.

Eichendorff first became famous for his novella Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts (Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing) and his poems. The Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing, a typical romantic novella, whose main themes are wanderlust and love. The protagonist, the son of a miller, rejects his father's trade and becomes a gardener at a Viennese palace where he subsequently falls in love with the local duke's daughter. As, with his lowly status, she is unattainable for him, he escapes to Italy - only to return and learn that she is the duke's adopted daughter, and thus within his social reach. With its combination of dream world and realism, Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing is considered to be a high point of Romantic fiction. One critic stated that "Eichendorff’s 'Good-For-Nothing' is the "personification of love of nature and an obsession with hiking." Thomas Mann called Eichendorff's Good-For-Nothing a combination of "the purity of the folk song and the fairy tale."

Many of Eichendorff's poems were first published as integral parts of his novellas and stories, where they are often performed in song by one of the protagonists. The novella Good-For-Nothing alone contains 54 poems.

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