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Atlas (1828) D957


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Swansong (D957)


Atlas

I live my life like Atlas
Like poor benighted Atlas.
With the woes, the woes of all creation
on my shoulders
With all the world on my shoulders
Endure the unendurable
Your heart is certain to break inside you
You foolish heart
Demanding far too much
You wanted happiness
To last forever
Or even endless sorrow
To last forever
Your reward is pain that lasts forever
I live my life like Atlas
Like poor benighted Atlas.
With the woes, the woes of all creation
on my shoulders
With all the world on my shoulders
The weight of all the world is on my shoulders

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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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