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Will-o'-the-wisp (1827) D911

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Winter Journey (D911)


Deep within some dark ravine
A ghostly flickering led me here
Where I am, or how I’ll leave here
That is very far from clear
Life is made of flickering moments
Ghostly fancies lead us on
There is joy, then there is sorrow
We endure them, then they’re gone
We endure them, then they’re gone
I will take the dried-up riverbed
It will lead me where it may
Ev’ry stream leads to the ocean
Ev’ry sorrow fades away
Ev’ry stream leads to the ocean
Ev’ry sorrow fades away

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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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