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Three Suns (1827) D911

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Winter Journey (D911)

Three Suns

Three suns were shining in the skies
I stopped and stared and rubbed my eyes
Yet still they shone, unflinchingly
As if to say they belonged to me
Oh please find somewhere else to shine
You’re someone else’s suns, not mine
Not long ago I too had three
But two no longer shine on me
I wish the third no longer shone
Now all my light and hope is gone

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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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