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On the River (1827) D911


Part of a series or song cycle:

Winter Journey (D911)


On the River

All of your watery music
Your rush and gush and boom
Have shuddered into silence
As silent as the tomb
Now ice as thick as granite
Has muted ev’ry sound
You’re lying cold and lifeless
A corpse upon the ground
The perfect icy surface
To scratch her faithless name
The date when first I met her
The day, the hour I came
And then the day of parting
The final date of all
With other dates on top of these
A wild and whirling scrawl
My god
This frozen river
Is everything I know.
A cold unfeeling surface
With liquid fire below
My god
This frozen river
Is everything I know.
A cold unfeeling surface
With liquid fire below
With liquid fire below

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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