The Erl-King is a mythical creature in German folklore, appearing in a number of stories and poems.  He is an evil creature who lives in the forest and kills unwary travellers, and is perhaps best known through a poem written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  The poem was set to music by Schubert, but a more recent version, called 'Figlio Perduto' adapted Goethe's verse into Spanish and set it to part of Beethoven's 7th Symphony.  Sarah Brightman performed it on her 2000 album 'La Luna'. 


Listen to a reading of Goethe's poem.

Listen to Schubert's 'Erlkönig'.

Listen to 'Figlio Perduto' by Sarah Brightman.