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Abschied von einem Freunde (1817) D578

Abschied von einem Freunde

Lebe wohl! Du lieber Freund!
Ziehe hin in fernes Land,
Nimm der Freundschaft trautes Band – 
Und bewahr’s in treuer Hand!
Lebe wohl! Du lieber Freund! 
Hör’ in diesem Trauersang 
Meines Herzens innern Drang, 
Tönt er doch so dumpf und bang.
Lebe wohl! Du lieber Freund! 
Scheiden heisst das bitt’re Wort, 
Weh, es ruft Dich von uns fort 
Hin an den Bestimmungsort.

Farewell to a Friend

Farewell, dear friend!
Go forth to a distant land;
take this cherished bond of friendship 
and keep it faithfully.
Farewell, dear friend!
Hear in this mournful song
the yearning of my inmost heart, 
muffled and anxious.
Farewell, dear friend! 
Parting is a bitter word; 
alas, it calls you from us
to the place decreed for you.

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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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