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Rast (1827)

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Winterreise (D911)


Nun merk’ ich erst, wie müd’ ich bin, 
Da ich zur Ruh’ mich lege;
Das Wandern hielt mich munter hin 
Auf unwirtbarem Wege.
Die Füsse frugen nicht nach Rast, 
Es war zu kalt zum Stehen,
Der Rücken fühlte keine Last, 
Der Sturm half fort mich wehen.
In eines Köhlers engem Haus
Hab’ Obdach ich gefunden;
Doch meine Glieder ruhn nicht aus: 
So brennen ihre Wunden.
Auch du, mein Herz, in Kampf und Sturm 
So wild und so verwegen,
Fühlst in der Still’ erst deinen Wurm
Mit heissem Stich sich regen!


Only now, as I lie down to rest, 
do I notice how tired I am. 
Walking kept me cheerful
on the inhospitable road.
My feet did not seek rest;
it was too cold to stand still.
My back felt no burden;
the storm helped to blow me onwards.
In a charcoal-burner’s cramped cottage I found shelter.
But my limbs cannot rest,
their wounds burn so.
You too, my heart, so wild and daring
in battle and tempest;
in this calm you now feel the stirring of your serpent, 
with its fierce sting.

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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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