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Frisch gesungen! Op. 7 no.6


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Sechs Lieder (Op. 7)


Frisch gesungen!

Hab’ oft im Kreise der Lieben
In duftigen Grase geruht,
Und mir ein Liedchen gesungen,
Und alles war hübsch und gut.
Hab’ einsam auch mich gehärmet
Und hatte nicht Sinn und Muth
Doch kam ich wieder zu singen
War Alles auch wieder gut.
Und manches, was ich erfahren,
Verkocht’ ich in stiller Wuth,
Doch kam ich wieder zu singen,
War alles auch wieder gut.
Drum sollst nicht lange klagen,
Was alles dir wehe thut,
Nur frisch, nur frisch gesungen!
Und alles wird wieder gut.

Sing Out!

Surrounded by dear friends,
I’ve often rested in fragrant grass
And sung to myself a little song –
And all was well and good.
I’ve also grieved in solitude,
Fearfully and gloomily,
And as soon as I sang again,
All was well again.
And much that I’ve suffered
I’ve suppressed in silent rage,
And when I came to sing again,
All was well again.
You should not spend time moaning to us
About all that gives you grief,
Just sing out, sing out,
And all will be well again!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Max Bruch was a German Romantic composer, teacher, and conductor. 

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Poet

Adelbert von Chamisso was a German poet and botanist, author of Peter Schlemihl, a famous story about a man who sold his shadow. He was commonly known in French as Adelbert de Chamisso(t) de Boncourt, a name referring to the family estate at Boncourt.

The son of Louis Marie, Count of Chamisso, by his marriage to Anne Marie Gargam, Chamisso began life as Louis Charles Adélaïde de Chamissot at the château of Boncourt at Ante, in Champagne, France, the ancestral seat of his family. His name appears in several forms, one of the most common being Ludolf Karl Adelbert von Chamisso.

In 1790, the French Revolution drove his parents out of France with their seven children, and they went successively to Liège, the Hague, Wurzburg, and Bayreuth, before settling in Berlin. There, in 1796 the young Chamisso was fortunate in obtaining the post of page-in-waiting to the queen of Prussia, and in 1798 he entered a Prussian infantry regiment as an ensign to train for a career as an army officer.

Shortly thereafter, thanks to the Peace of Tilsit, his family was able to return to France, but Chamisso remained in Prussia and continued his military career. He had little formal education, but while in the Prussian military service in Berlin he assiduously studied natural science for three years. In collaboration with Varnhagen von Ense, in 1803 he founded the Berliner Musenalmanach, the publication in which his first verses appeared. The enterprise was a failure, and, interrupted by the Napoleonic wars, it came to an end in 1806. It brought him, however, to the notice of many of the literary celebrities of the day and established his reputation as a rising poet.

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