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Täuschung (1827)

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Winterreise (D911)


Ein Licht tanzt freundlich vor mir her;
Ich folg’ ihm nach die Kreuz und Quer; 
Ich folg’ ihm gern und seh’s ihm an, 
Dass es verlockt den Wandersmann.
Ach, wer wie ich so elend ist,
Gibt gern sich hin der bunten List, 
Die hinter Eis und Nacht und Graus 
Ihm weist ein helles, warmes Haus, 
Und eine liebe Seele drin –
Nur Täuschung ist für mich Gewinn!


A light dances cheerfully before me, 
I follow it this way and that;
I follow it gladly, knowing
that it lures the wanderer.
Ah, a man as wretched as I
gladly yields to the beguiling gleam
that reveals to him, beyond ice, night and terror, 
a bright, warm house,
and a beloved soul within.
Even mere delusion is a boon to me!

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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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