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Frühlingstraum (1827)

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Winterreise (D911)


Ich träumte von bunten Blumen, 
So wie sie wohl blühen im Mai, 
Ich träumte von grünen Wiesen, 
Von lustigem Vogelgeschrei.
Und als die Hähne krähten,
Da ward mein Auge wach;
Da war es kalt und finster,
Es schrieen die Raben vom Dach.
Doch an den Fensterscheiben 
Wer malte die Blätter da?
Ihr lacht wohl über den Träumer, 
Der Blumen im Winter sah?
Ich träumte von Lieb’ um Liebe, 
Von einer schönen Maid,
Von Herzen und von Küssen, 
Von Wonne und Seligkeit.
Und als die Hähne krähten, 
Da ward mein Herze wach; 
Nun sitz’ ich hier alleine
Und denke dem Traume nach.
Die Augen schliess’ ich wieder,
Noch schlägt das Herz so warm.
Wann grünt ihr Blätter am Fenster? 
Wann halt’ ich mein Liebchen im Arm?

Dream of Spring

I dreamt of bright flowers 
that blossom in May;
I dreamt of green meadows 
and merry bird-calls.
And when the cocks crowed 
my eyes awoke:
it was cold and dark, 
ravens cawed from the roof.
But there, on the window panes, 
who had painted the leaves? 
Are you laughing at the dreamer 
who saw flowers in winter?
I dreamt of mutual love, 
of a lovely maiden,
of embracing and kissing, 
of joy and rapture.
And when the cocks crowed 
my heart awoke;
now I sit here alone
and reflect upon my dream.
I close my eyes again,
my heart still beats so warmly.
Leaves on my window, when will you turn green? 
When shall I hold my love in my arms?

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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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