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Das Wirtshaus (1827)

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Winterreise (D911)

Das Wirtshaus

Auf einen Totenacker
Hat mich mein Weg gebracht. 
Allhier will ich einkehren: 
Hab’ ich bei mir gedacht.
Ihr grünen Totenkränze 
Könnt wohl die Zeichen sein, 
Die müde Wandrer laden 
In’s kühle Wirtshaus ein.
Sind denn in diesem Hause 
Die Kammern all’ besetzt? 
Bin matt zum Niedersinken 
Bin tödlich schwer verletzt.
O unbarmherz’ge Schenke, 
Doch weisest du mich ab? 
Nun weiter denn, nur weiter, 
Mein treuer Wanderstab!

The Inn

My journey has brought me 
to a graveyard.
Here, I thought to myself,
I will rest for the night.
Green funeral wreaths, 
you must be the signs 
inviting tired travellers 
into the cool inn.
Are all the rooms
in this house taken, then?
I am weary to the point of collapse, 
I am fatally wounded.
Pitiless tavern,
do you nonetheless turn me away? 
On, then, press onwards,
my trusty staff!

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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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