Page 58. " Baron Alfred Krupp "

Alfred Krupp (1812-1887) was the son of the successful steel manufacturer Friedrich Carl Krupp. After his father's death, Alfred took over the family business, building it into the largest company in Europe in the late nineteenth century.

Page 67. " Wer Reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind? "

 Who rides so late through the night and wind?

The poem is Der Erlkönig by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It recounts the conversation between a frightened child and a father during a storm. The child seems to be able to see the Erl King (Erlkönig) that the father dismisses as imaginary. Suddenly the child is attacked by the Erlkönig and is killed.

The full poem in English and German

 

 Listen on Spotify: Erlkönig by Franz Schubert