Schubert - Fräulein am See - Ellens Gesang III 'Ave Maria'
Type of Spiritual Experience
Fräulein am See - Ellens Gesang III
The setbacks of previous years were compensated by the prosperity and happiness of 1825. Publication had been moving more rapidly, the stress of poverty was for a time lightened, and in the summer he had a pleasant holiday in Upper Austria where he was welcomed with enthusiasm. It was during this tour that he produced the 7-song cycle Fräulein am See based on Walter Scott's Lady of the Lake and including "Ellens Gesang III" ("Hymn to the Virgin") (D. 839, Op. 52, No. 6) with the lyrics of Adam Storck's German translation of the Scott's poem now frequently substituted by the full text of the traditional Roman Catholic prayer Hail Mary (Ave Maria in Latin), for which the Schubert's melody is not an original setting, as it is widely, though mistakenly, thought. The original only opens with the greeting "Ave Maria", which also recurs only in the refrain.