Friedrich von köpken was born in Magdeburg where he was trained as a lawyer. He became a literary critic and a translator; he was an expert in the French theatre. He was exceedingly shy about publishing the poems which he wrote for his own personal enjoyment and his first collection of lyrics was printed as late as 1792. He was friendly with Klopstock and Uz whose settings stand beside his Freunde der Kinderjahre on this disc. Köpken dedicated what he regarded as his most important work Hymnus auf Gott (1788) to Klopstock. Schubert set only one poem by Köpken. It is not certain which edition of the poems (or possibly almanac) the composer used.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1995
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