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Halt! (1823)


Part of a series or song cycle:

Die schöne Müllerin (D795 (Op. 25))


Halt!

Eine Mühle seh’ ich blinken
Aus den Erlen heraus,
Durch Rauschen und Singen 
Bricht Rädergebraus.
Ei willkommen, ei willkommen, 
Süsser Mühlengesang!
Und das Haus, wie so traulich! 
Und die Fenster, wie blank!
Und die Sonne, wie helle 
Vom Himmel sie scheint!
Ei, Bächlein, liebes Bächlein, 
War es also gemeint?

Halt!

I see a mill gleaming
amid the alders;
the roar of mill-wheels
cuts through the babbling and singing.
Welcome, welcome,
sweet song of the mill!
How inviting the house looks, 
how sparkling its windows!
And how brightly the sun 
shines from the sky. 
Now, dear little brook,
is this what you meant?
Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

Composer

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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Poet

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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