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Life Cycle (1827) D911

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Winter Journey (D911)

Life Cycle

Drop by drop my tears have fallen
Guzzled by the thirsty snow
Here’s the heat the cold has longed for
All the weight of all my woe
All the weight of all my woe
Then when spring replaces winter
Balmy breezes start to blow
Then the ice begins to splinter
Then the streams begin to flow
Then the streams begin to flow
Thus a tear becomes a river
Let’s pursue it if we can
Through the fields and past the houses
To the place it all began
To the place it all began
River flowing, twisting, turning
Blithe and cheerful, free of care
When you feel my teardrops burning
Then you’ll know my love is there
Then you’ll know that she is there

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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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