Erlkönig

Erlkönig

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Written for the Tredegar Town Band for Brass in Concert 2021.

 

Erlkönig" is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It depicts the death of a child assailed by a supernatural being, the Erlking, a king of the fairies. It was originally written by Goethe as part of a 1782 Singspiel, Die Fischerin.

"Erlkönig" has been called Goethe's "most famous ballad".

 

The poem has been set to music by several composers, most notably by Franz Schubert.

 

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