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Widerschein (1828) D639


Fischer halt am Brückenbogen 
Ach so lange Zeit:
Blicket sehnlich in die Wogen, 
Denn sie ist noch weit! –
Und sie schleichet um den Hügel, 
Und das holde Bild
Leuchtet aus dem Wellenspiegel 
Lächelnd und so mild.
Und er sieht’s. Und durch Blumenränder 
Schwimmt der süsse Schein –
Und er hält sich am Geländer,
Sonst zieht’s ihn hinein!


A fisherman has for so long been leaning 
against the arch of the bridge;
he gazes longingly into the waters,
for she is still so far away.
And she steals around the hill, 
and her sweet image
gleams in the mirroring waters, 
smiling and gentle.
And he sees it! Through fringes of flowers 
her sweet radiance glides.
And he holds fast to the railings,
lest he should be drawn in.

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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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