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Die Krähe (1827)

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Winterreise (D911)

Die Krähe

Eine Krähe war mit mir 
Aus der Stadt gezogen,
Ist bis heute für und für 
Um mein Haupt geflogen.
Krähe, wunderliches Tier, 
Willst mich nicht verlassen? 
Meinst wohl bald als Beute hier 
Meinen Leib zu fassen?
Nun, es wird nicht weit mehr gehen 
An dem Wanderstabe.
Krähe, lass mich endlich sehn 
Treue bis zum Grabe!

The Crow

A crow has come with me
from the town,
and to this day
has been flying ceaselessly about my head.
Crow, you strange creature, 
will you not leave me?
Do you intend soon
to seize my body as prey?
Well, I do not have much further to walk 
with my staff.
Crow, let me at last see
faithfulness unto the grave.

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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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