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"Heidenröslein" or "Heideröslein" ("Rose on the Heath" or "Little Rose of the Field") is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, published in 1799. It was written in 1771 during Goethe's stay in Strasbourg when he was in love with Friederike Brion, to whom the poem is addressed. The episode is the inspiration for Franz Lehár's 1928 operetta Friederike, which includes a setting of "Heidenröslein" by Lehár.
"Heidenröslein" tells of a young man's rejected love; the woman is represented by a rose. There is a companion poem by Goethe, "Das Veilchen", in which the man is represented by a violet.
Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein stehn,
Saw a boy a little rose,
Once a boy saw a little rose standing,
Once a boy a Rosebud spied,
- "ihm" in Schubert's composition
- "musst" in Schubert's composition
It has been set to music by a number of composers, most notably in 1815 by Franz Schubert as his D. 257. Schubert's setting is partially based on Pamina's and Papageno's duet "Könnte jeder brave Mann" from the end of act 1 of Mozart's The Magic Flute. The 1829 setting by Heinrich Werner became a popular folk song. The lyrics of Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein's 2005 song "Rosenrot" were heavily influenced by the poem. The Japanese singer Ringo Sheena covered the Schubert song on her 2002 album Utaite Myōri: Sono Ichi in the song "D. 257".
- Lucretia van Tuyl Simmons (1919). Goethe's Lyric Poems in English Translation Prior to 1860. Madison: University of Wisconsin. p. 62., citing a translation by Edgar Alfred Bowring from 1853
- German Wikisource has original text related to this article: Heidenröslein
- "Heidenröslein", D. 257 (Franz Schubert): Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- on YouTube, Peter Schreier, Rudolf Buchbinder
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