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Gefrorne Tränen (1827)

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Winterreise (D911)

Gefrorne Tränen

Gefrorne Tropfen fallen 
Von meinen Wangen ab: 
Ob es mir denn entgangen, 
Dass ich geweinet hab’?
Ei Tränen, meine Tränen, 
Und seid ihr gar so lau, 
Dass ihr erstarrt zu Eise, 
Wie kühler Morgentau?
Und dringt doch aus der Quelle 
Der Brust so glühend heiss, 
Als wolltet ihr zerschmelzen 
Des ganzen Winters Eis.

Frozen Tears

Frozen drops fall
from my cheeks;
have I, then, not noticed 
that I have been weeping?
Ah tears, my tears,
are you so tepid
that you turn to ice,
like the cold morning dew?
And yet you well up, so scaldingly hot, 
from your source within my heart,
as if you would melt
all the ice of winter.

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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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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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