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Einsamkeit (1827)

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Winterreise (D911)


Wie eine trübe Wolke 
Durch heitre Lüfte geht, 
Wenn in der Tanne Wipfel 
Ein mattes Lüftchen weht:
So zieh’ ich meine Strasse 
Dahin mit trägem Fuss, 
Durch helles, frohes Leben, 
Einsam und ohne Gruss.
Ach, dass die Luft so ruhig! 
Ach, dass die Welt so licht! 
Als noch die Stürme tobten, 
War ich so elend nicht.


As a dark cloud
drifts through clear skies, 
when a faint breeze blows 
in the fir-tops;
Thus I go on my way 
with weary steps, through 
bright, joyful life,
alone, greeted by no one.
Alas, that the air is so calm! 
Alas, that the world is so bright! 
When storms were still raging
I was not so wretched.

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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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