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Die Post (1827)


Part of a series or song cycle:

Winterreise (D911)


Die Post

Von der Strasse her ein Posthorn klingt. 
Was hat es, dass es so hoch aufspringt, 
Mein Herz?
Die Post bringt keinen Brief für dich. 
Was drängst du denn so wunderlich, 
Mein Herz?
Nun ja, die Post kommt aus der Stadt, 
Wo ich ein liebes Liebchen hatt’, 
Mein Herz!
Willst wohl einmal hinübersehn, 
Und fragen, wie es dort mag gehen, 
Mein Herz?

The Post

A posthorn sounds from the road. 
Why is it that you leap so high, 
my heart?
The post brings no letter for you. 
Why, then, do you surge so strangely, 
my heart?
But yes, the post comes from the town 
where I once had a beloved sweetheart, 
my heart!
Do you want to peep out
and ask how things are there, 
my heart?

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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