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Der Lindenbaum (1827)


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Winterreise (D911)


Der Lindenbaum

Am Brunnen vor dem Tore,
Da steht ein Lindenbaum;
Ich träumt’ in seinem Schatten 
So manchen süssen Traum.
Ich schnitt in seine Rinde 
So manches liebe Wort;
Es zog in Freud’ und Leide 
Zu ihm mich immer fort.
Ich musst’ auch heute wandern 
Vorbei in tiefer Nacht,
Da hab’ ich noch im Dunkel 
Die Augen zugemacht.
Und seine Zweige rauschten, 
Als riefen sie mir zu:
Komm her zu mir, Geselle, 
Hier findst du deine Ruh’!
Die kalten Winde bliesen 
Mir grad’ in’s Angesicht, 
Der Hut flog mir vom Kopfe, 
Ich wendete mich nicht.
Nun bin ich manche Stunde 
Enfernt von jenem Ort,
Und immer hör’ ich’s rauschen: 
Du fändest Ruhe dort!

The Linden Tree

By the well, before the gate, 
stands a linden tree;
in its shade I dreamt
many a sweet dream.
In its bark I carved 
many a word of love; 
in joy and sorrow
I was ever drawn to it.
Today, too, I had to walk 
past it at dead of night; 
even in the darkness
I closed my eyes.
And its branches rustled
as if they were calling to me: 
‘Come to me, friend,
here you will find rest.’
The cold wind blew 
straight into my face,
my hat flew from my head; 
I did not turn back.
Now I am many hours’ journey 
from that place;
yet I still hear the rustling: 
‘There you would find rest.’

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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