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Wasserflut (1827)

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Winterreise (D911)


Manche Trän’ aus meinen Augen
Ist gefallen in den Schnee: 
Seine kalten Flocken saugen 
Durstig ein das heisse Weh.
Wenn die Gräser sprossen wollen, 
Weht daher ein lauer Wind,
Und das Eis zerspringt in Schollen, 
Und der weiche Schnee zerrinnt.
Schnee, du weisst von meinem Sehnen; 
Sag’, wohin doch geht dein Lauf?
Folge nach nur meinen Tränen,
Nimmt dich bald das Bächlein auf.
Wirst mit ihm die Stadt durchziehen, 
Muntre Strassen ein und aus;
Fühlst du meine Tränen glühen,
Da ist meiner Liebsten Haus.


Many a tear has fallen
from my eyes into the snow; 
its cold flakes eagerly suck in 
my burning grief.
When the grass is about to shoot forth, 
a mild breeze blows;
the ice breaks up into pieces
and the soft snow melts away.
Snow, you know of my longing;
tell me, where does your path lead? 
If you but follow my tears
the brook will soon absorb you.
With it you will flow through the town, 
in and out of bustling streets;
when you feel my tears glow,
there will be my sweetheart’s house.

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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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