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Die Wetterfahne (1827)


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Winterreise (D911)


Die Wetterfahne

Der Wind spielt mit der Wetterfahne 
Auf meines schönen Liebchens Haus. 
Da dacht’ ich schon in meinem Wahne, 
Sie pfiff’ den armen Flüchtling aus.
Er hätt’ es eher bemerken sollen, 
Des Hauses aufgestecktes Schild, 
So hätt’ er nimmer suchen wollen 
Im Haus ein treues Frauenbild.
Der Wind spielt drinnen mit den Herzen, 
Wie auf dem Dach, nur nicht so laut. 
Was fragen sie nach meinen Schmerzen? 
Ihr Kind ist eine reiche Braut.

The Weathervane

The wind is playing with the weathervane 
on my fair sweetheart’s house.
In my delusion I thought
it was whistling to mock the poor fugitive.
He should have noticed it sooner, 
this sign fixed upon the house;
then he would never have sought
a faithful woman within that house.
Inside the wind is playing with hearts, 
as on the roof, only less loudly.
Why should they care about my grief? 
Their child is a rich bride.

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Composer

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.

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Poet

Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Müller was a German lyric poet.
Wilhelm Müller was born on October 7, 1794 at Dessau, the son of a tailor. He was educated at the gymnasium of his native town and at the University of Berlin, where he devoted himself to philological and historical studies. In 1813-1814 he took part, as a volunteer in the Prussian army, in the national rising against Napoleon. He participated in the battles of Lützen, Bautzen, Hanau and Kulm. In 1814 he returned to his studies at Berlin. From 1817 to 1819, he visited southern Germany and Italy, and in 1820 published his impressions of the latter in Rom, Römer und Römerinnen. In 1819, he was appointed teacher of classics in the Gelehrtenschule at Dessau, and in 1820 librarian to the ducal library. He remained there the rest of his life, dying of a heart attack aged only 32.

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