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[Dieses Tauris?]1 wo der Eumeniden Wuth zu stillen, [Pythius]2 versprach? Weh, die Schwestern mit den Schlangenhaaren Folgen mir vom Land der Griechen nach! Rauhes Eyland, kündest keinen Segen: Nirgends sproßt der Ceres [goldne]3 Frucht. Keine Reben blühn, der Lüfte Sänger, Wie die Schiffe, meiden diese Bucht. Steine fügt die Kunst nicht zu Gebäuden, Zelte spannt des Scythen Armuth sich; Unter starren Felsen, rauhen [Wäldern]4 Ist das Leben einsam, schauerlich! [»Allhier soll,«]5 so ist ja doch ergangen An den Flehenden der [heil'ge]6 Spruch: [»Soll die Bogenspannerin Diana Lösen deinen und der Väter Fluch.«]7
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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, page 159.
Note: Schubert received Mayrhofer's texts generally in handwriting; the printed edition of Mayrhofer's poems appeared much later and presents the texts usually in a revised version.1 Schubert: "Ist dies Tauris,"
2 Schubert: "Pythia"
3 Schubert: "milde"
4 Schubert: "Felsen"
5 Schubert: "Und hier soll,"
6 Schubert: "heilige"
7 Schubert: "Eine hohe Priesterin Dianens / Lösen meinen und der Väter Fluch."
- by Johann Baptist Mayrhofer (1787 - 1836), "Der landende Orest" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828), "Orest auf Tauris", alternate title: "Orest", D 548 (1817), published 1831 [ voice, piano ], A. Diabelli & Co., VN 3708, Wien [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Orestes a Tàurida", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Orestes op Tauris", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Oreste en Tauride", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Oreste in Tauride", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Is this Tauris, where the Eumenides' Fury is to be stilled, according to the promise of the Delphic oracle? Alas, the sisters with snakes for their hair Have followed me here from the land of the Greeks! Bleak island, you offer no blessing: The gentle fruit of Ceres never sprouts here. No vines blossom, singers in the air, Like ships, avoid this bay. Art does not structure these stones into buildings, The poverty of the Scythians has stretched out tents; Amongst rigid cliffs, primeval forests, Life is lonely, horrific! "And it is here," so it has been proclaimed To the suppliant in the sacred pronouncement: "That one of the high priestesses of Diana Will lift the curse on me and my forefathers."
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Translations of title(s):
"Orest auf Tauris" = "Orestes on Tauris"
"Der landende Orest" = "Orestes coming ashore"
"Orest" = "Orestes"
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2018 by Malcolm Wren, (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.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Baptist Mayrhofer (1787 - 1836), "Der landende Orest"
This text was added to the website: 2018-07-25
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Word count: 122