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Schubert set only one poem by Josepf Karl Bernard who was very well known in Vienna as a critic and journalist. He was later the librettist for Spohr's opera on the Faust story, and of Libussa, the opera by Conradin Kreutzer part of which Schubert heard (he walked out after the first act) at the end of 1822. This libretto had ordginally been meant for Beethoven with whom Bernard was on friendly terms. He was editor of numerous specialist journals dealing with the arts the most influential of which were probably the Zeitschrift für dramatische Kunst, and Modenzeitung which he edited for nearly thirty years.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1990
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