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Theodor Körner

born: 23 November 1791
died: 26 August 1813
country: Germany

Theodor Körner has often been called the Rupert Brooke of his generation. He was only six years older than Schubert; young enough still to appear something of a contemporary, precocious and daredevil enough to inspire the teenage composer to a type of hero worship. Körner came from a literary family in Dresden; his father was an intimate friend of Schiller, no less. The young hothead was sent down from Leipzig University in 1811 for fighting in a duel. He moved to Vienna where one of his tragedies was put on at the Theater an der Wien and he became at nineteen the house dramatist of the Burgtheater. At this time, Josef von Spaun took Schubert (very much his protégé in those early years) to the opera to see Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride:

As we left the theatre we met the poet Körner with whom I was on very friendly terms. I presented the little composer to him, of whom he had already heard a certain amount from me. He was glad to make his acquaintance and encouraged Schubert to live for art, which would make him happy.

Later that evening in a restaurant K”rner and Schubert almost got involved in a brawl in defence of the singers Milder and Vogl who were being insultingly discussed at the next table. Like the young Schumann's one encounter with Heine, this evening together was sufficient to make the composer fall under the spell of the poet. On that night in Spaun's and K”rner's company, Schubert must have felt very much an artist, part of a community with shared ideals. His determination to resist parental pressure to stay in schoolteaching was strengthened by the youg poet's advice. K”rner was killed in action at Gadebusch, a skirmish in the Wars of Liberation against Napoleon, in August 1813. He left five tragedies, five comedies, short stories and much poetry including the patriotic poems Leyer und Schwert, the impact and popularity of which were much enhanced by the manner of his death.

from notes by Graham Johnson 1989

Albums
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
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'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 14 – Thomas Hampson' (CDJ33014)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 14 – Thomas Hampson
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'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 20' (CDJ33020)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 20
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'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 22' (CDJ33022)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 22
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'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 32' (CDJ33032)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 32
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'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 4 – Philip Langridge' (CDJ33004)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 4 – Philip Langridge
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'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 9 – Arleen Auger' (CDJ33009)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 9 – Arleen Auger
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'Songs by Schubert's contemporaries' (CDJ33051/3)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Abschied nach Wien 1813 (Franz)
Amphiaraos, D166 (Schubert)
Auf der Riesenkoppe, D611 (Schubert)
Das gestörte Glück, D309 (Schubert)
Das war ich, D174 (Schubert)
Das war ich, D174a D450a (Schubert/Hoorickx)
Der Morgenstern, D172 (Schubert/Hoorickx)
Dir, Mädchen, schlägt mit leisem Beben  First line to Liebesrausch, D164 (Schubert/Hoorickx)
Dir, Mädchen, schlägt mit leisem Beben  First line to Liebesrausch, D179 (Schubert)
Du Schwert an meiner Linken  First line to Schwertlied, D170 (Schubert)
Gebet während der Schlacht, D171 (Schubert)
Gebet während der Schlacht, Op 41 No 1 (Weber)
Gott, höre meine Stimme, D190 No 5 (Schubert)
Hoch auf dem Gipfel  First line to Auf der Riesenkoppe, D611 (Schubert)
Ich hab’ ein heisses junges Blut  First line to Das gestörte Glück, D309 (Schubert)
Jüngst träumte mir, ich sah auf lichten Höhen  First line to Das war ich, D174a D450a (Schubert/Hoorickx)
Jüngst träumte mir, ich sah auf lichten Höhen  First line to Das war ich, D174 (Schubert)
Leb’ wohl! leb’ wohl! – Mit dumpfen Herzensschlägen  First line to Abschied nach Wien 1813 (Franz)
Liebesrausch, D164 (Schubert/Hoorickx)
Liebesrausch, D179 (Schubert)
Liebeständelei, D206 (Schubert)
Sängers Morgenlied, D163 (Schubert)
Sängers Morgenlied, D165 (Schubert)
Schlacht, du brichst an!  First line to Trinklied vor der Schlacht, D169 (Schubert)
Schlumm’re sanft! Noch an dem Mutterherzen  First line to Wiegenlied, D304 (Schubert)
Schwertlied, D170 (Schubert)
Sehnsucht der Liebe, D180 (Schubert)
Stern der Liebe, Glanzgebilde  First line to Der Morgenstern, D172 (Schubert/Hoorickx)
Süsses Licht! Aus goldnen Pforten  First line to Sängers Morgenlied, D163 (Schubert)
Süsses Licht! Aus goldnen Pforten  First line to Sängers Morgenlied, D165 (Schubert)
Süsses Liebchen! Komm’ zu mir!  First line to Liebeständelei, D206 (Schubert)
Trinklied vor der Schlacht, D169 (Schubert)
Vater, ich rufe dich!  First line to Gebet während der Schlacht, D171 (Schubert)
Vater, ich rufe dich!  First line to Gebet während der Schlacht, Op 41 No 1 (Weber)
Vor Thebens siebenfach gähnenden Toren  First line to Amphiaraos, D166 (Schubert)
Wie die Nacht mit heil’gem Beben  First line to Sehnsucht der Liebe, D180 (Schubert)
Wiegenlied, D304 (Schubert)
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