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Der Strom (1817) D565

Der Strom

Mein Leben wälzt sich murrend fort,
Es steigt und fällt in krausen Wogen,
Hier bäumt es sich, jagt nieder dort
In wilde Zügen, hohen Bogen.
Das stille Tal, das grüne Feld
Durchrauscht es nun mit leisem Beben,
Sich Ruh’ ersehnend, ruhige Welt,
Ergötzt es sich am ruhigen Leben.
Doch nimmer findend, was es sucht,
Und immer sehnend tost es weiter,
Unmutig rollt’s auf steter Flucht,
Wird nimmer froh, wird nimmer heiter.

The River

My life rolls grumbling onwards,
rising and falling in curling waves;
here it rears up, there it plunges down,
with wild spurts and soaring curves.
Now, gently quivering, it ripples through
silent valleys and green fields,
yearning for peace, a tranquil world,
and delighting in a life of calm.
Yet never finding what it seeks,
forever longing, it surges onwards;
discontented, it rolls on in ceaseless flight,
never joyful, never serene.

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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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