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Im Dorfe (1827)

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Winterreise (D911)

Im Dorfe

Es bellen die Hunde, es rasseln die Ketten.
Es schlafen die Menschen in ihren Betten, 
Träumen sich manches, was sie nicht haben, 
Tun sich im Guten und Argen erlaben;
Und morgen früh ist Alles zerflossen – 
Je nun, sie haben ihr Teil genossen, 
Und hoffen, was sie noch übrig liessen, 
Doch wieder zu finden auf ihren Kissen.
Bellt mich nur fort, ihr wachen Hunde,
Lasst mich nicht ruhn in der Schlummerstunde! 
Ich bin zu Ende mit allen Träumen –
Was will ich unter den Schläfern säumen?

In the Village

Dogs bark, chains rattle;
people sleep in their beds,
dreaming of many a thing they do not possess, 
consoling themselves with the good and the bad;
And tomorrow morning all will have vanished. 
Well, they have enjoyed their share,
and hope to find on their pillows
what they still have left to savour.
Drive me away with your barking, watchful dogs; 
allow me no rest in this hour of sleep!
I am finished with all dreams.
Why should I linger among slumberers?

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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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