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Herrn Josef Spaun, Assessor in Linz

Language: German (Deutsch)

(Recitativo)
 Und nimmer schreibst du?
 Bleibest uns verloren,
 Ein starr Verstummter, nun für ew'ge Zeit?
 Vielleicht, weil neue Freunde du erkoren?
 Wardst du Assessor denn am Tisch so breit,
 Woran beim Aktenstoß seufzt Langeweile,
 Um abzusterben aller Freudigkeit?
 Doch nein, nur wir sind's, nur uns ward zu Teile
 Dies Schweigen, dies Verstummen und Vergessen.
 Armut und Not selbst an der kleinsten Zeile!
 Für jeden bist du schriftkarg nicht gesessen;
 Für manchen kamen Briefe angeflogen,
 Und nach der Elle hast du sie gemessen;
 Doch uns, Barbar, hast du dein Herz entzogen!

(Aria)
 Schwingt euch kühn, zu bange Klagen,
 Aus empörter Brust hervor,
 Und von Melodien getragen,
 Wagt euch an des Fernen Ohr!
 Was er immer mag erwidern,
 Dieses hier saget doch;
 »Zwar vergessen, jenes Biedern
 Denken wir in Liebe noch.«


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Note: Schubert received the text of this humorous complaint letter, which Matthäus von Collin sent to his cousin Josef von Spaun, in handwritten form. The text is documented as item no. 300 in Franz Schubert. Die Dokumente seines Lebens und Schaffens. Herausgegeben von Otto Erich Deutsch. Zweiter Band. Erste Hälfte. München und Leipzig 1914 bei Georg Müller, pages 119-120.


Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Epístola "Al Sr. Josef von Spaun, assessor a Linz”", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Epistel. Een muzikale grap", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Epistle: To Mr. Joseph von Spaun, Assessor in Linz", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Épître « À Monsieur Joseph Spaun, assesseur à Linz »", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Epistel. Een muzikale grap

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

(Recitativo)
 En nooit meer schrijf je?
 Blijft voor ons verloren,
 Een star verstomde,
 Tot in eeuwigheid?
 Misschien heb nieuwe vrienden je verkoren?
 Werd je assessor soms, zo'n heremijt,
 Die zich bij 't klerkenwerk dood moet vervelen,
 Om kwijt te raken alle vrolijkheid?
 Maar nee, slechts wij zijn 't.
 Slechts wij moesten velen
 Dit zwijgen, dit verstommen en vergeten.
 Armoe en nood, zelfs niet het kleinste teken!
 Niet ieder heeft jouw zwijgen aangevreten,
 Voor velen kwam brieven aangevlogen,
 Ja, zelfs met ellen heb je ze gemeten,
 Maar ons, barbaar, heb je je hart onttogen!

(Aria)
 Laat je gaan in bange klachten,
 Lucht je boos gemoed sonoor,
 En met muzikale machten,
 Dring tot hem, die verre, door!
 Wat voor smoes hij op laat draven,
 Dit beslist zeg hem toch:
 "Zelf vergeten, aan die brave
 Denken wij met liefde nog!"


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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2009 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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