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Mut! (1827)

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Winterreise (D911)


Fliegt der Schnee mir in’s Gesicht, 
Schüttl’ ich ihn herunter.
Wenn mein Herz im Busen spricht, 
Sing’ ich hell und munter.
Höre nicht, was es mir sagt, 
Habe keine Ohren,
Fühle nicht, was es mir klagt, 
Klagen ist für Toren.
Lustig in die Welt hinein 
Gegen Wind und Wetter!
Will kein Gott auf Erden sein, 
Sind wir selber Götter.


When the snow flies in my face
I shake it off.
When my heart speaks in my breast 
I sing loudly and merrily.
I do not hear what it tells me, 
I have no ears;
I do not feel what it laments. 
Lamenting is for fools.
Cheerfully out into the world, 
against wind and storm!
If there is no God on earth, 
then we ourselves are gods!

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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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