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Frozen Tears (1827) D911

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Winter Journey (D911)

Frozen Tears

My frozen tears are falling
Are falling in the snow
How is it I’ve been weeping
And didn’t even know?
And didn’t even know.
My teardrops,
Is that really
The best that you can do?
Simply to freeze,
Like raindrops,
Or feeble morning dew?
The tears my heart is weeping
Should boil and burn and glow
One teardrop should be melting
A winter’s worth of snow
One teardrop should be melting
A winter’s worth of snow

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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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