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Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D583

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus

Horch – wie Murmeln des empörten Meeres,
Wie durch hohler Felsen Becken weint ein Bach,
Stöhnt dort dumpfigtief ein schweres – leeres,
Qualerpresstes Ach!
Schmerz verzerret
Ihr Gesicht – Verzweiflung sperret
Ihren Rachen fluchend auf.
Hohl sind ihre Augen – ihre Blicke
Spähen bang nach des Cocytus Brücke,
Folgen tränend seinem Trauerlauf.
Fragen sich einander ängstlich leise,
Ob noch nicht Vollendung sei?
Ewigkeit schwingt über ihnen Kreise,
Bricht die Sense des Saturns entzwei.

Group from Hades

Hark! Like the angry murmuring of the sea,
or a brook sobbing through pools in hollow rocks,
from the depths arises a muffled groan,
heavy, empty and tormented!
Pain distorts
their faces – in despair
their mouths open wide, cursing.
Their eyes are hollow – their frightened gaze
strains towards Cocytus’ bridge,
following as they weep that river’s mournful course.
Anxiously, softly, they ask one another
if the end is yet nigh.
Eternity sweeps in circles above them,
breaking Saturn’s scythe in two.
Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

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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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