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The Grey Head (1827) D911

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Winter Journey (D911)

The Grey Head

When I awoke at break of day
The morning dew was freezing
My hair was flecked with white and grey
I found it somehow pleasing
But then the frost began to thaw
And what I saw appalled me
Not old and grizzled any more
And years and years before me
And years and years before me
Such changes happen overnight
Without the slightest warning
How strange that I’m not deathly-white
This godforsaken morning
This godforsaken morning

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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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