Matthias Claudius


Matthias Claudius

1740 - 1815

Matthias Claudius was a German poet, most notable for Der Mond ist aufgegangen (The Moon Has Risen) and editor of the journal Der Wandsbecker Bothe

After studying at Jena, Claudius held a series of editorial and minor official positions in Copenhagen and Darmstadt until in 1788 he acquired a sinecure in the Schleswig-Holstein bank. He edited the Wandsbecker Bothe (1771–75), popular not only with a general readership, for whose enlightenment it was designed, but also with the most important literary men of the time. Among the journal’s contributors were the philosopher Johann Gottfried von Herder, the poet Friedrich Klopstock, and the critic and dramatist Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, the three of whom, with Claudius, formed a circle that fought against the prevailing rationalist and Classical spirit and sought to preserve a natural and Christian atmosphere in literature. Claudius’ own poems, e.g., Der Tod und das Mädchen, have a naive, childlike, and devoutly Christian quality.

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Song List

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Abendlied (1816) D499 21–23.i.1851 Franz Schubert
Am ersten Maimorgen, fragment completed by Reinhard van Hoorickx (1816) D344 Published 2002 Franz Schubert
Am Grabe Anselmos (1816) D504 Franz Schubert
An die Nachtigall (1819) D497 30.v.1851 Franz Schubert
An eine Quelle (1817) Franz Schubert
Bei dem Grabe meines Vater (1816) D496 Franz Schubert
Das Lied vom Reifen (1817) D532 Franz Schubert
Der Tod (1901) no.7 Anton von Webern
Der Tod und das Mädchen (1817) D531 Franz Schubert
Klage um Ali Bey (1816) D496a Franz Schubert
Klage um Ali Bey (1815) D140 Franz Schubert
Phidile (1816) D500 Franz Schubert
Zufriedenheit ‘Lied’ (1816) D501 1815-1816 Franz Schubert
Zufriedenheit ‘Lied’ (1815) D362 1815-1816 Franz Schubert

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