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The end of a long day's work (1823) D795 (Op.25)


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The Fair Maid of the Mill (D795 (Op.25))


The end of a long day's work

If I had the strength of a giant
I would whirl the wheels through the water
I’d quadruple our Master's output
And astound his lovely daughter
Then at last she’d notice me
Then she’d see what I could be
Then at last she’d notice me
Then she’d see what I could be
But although I do my best
All that threshing, all that grinding
Through that endless toil I’m finding
I’m no stronger than the rest
I’m no stronger than the rest
We all sat and ate together this evening
When our long exhausting day had ended
And the Master turned and thanked us…
“Boys, your work today was splendid
Yes, your work today was splendid"
Then his darling daughter said
"Thank you all, it's time for bed"
"Thank you all, it's time for bed!"
If I had the strength of a giant
I would whirl the wheels through the water
I’d quadruple our Master's output
And astound his gorgeous daughter
Then at last she’d notice me
Then she’d see what I could be
Then at last she’d notice me
Then she’d see what I could be
Then at last she’d notice me
Then at last she’d notice me!

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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