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Her Picture (1828) D957

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Swansong (D957)

Her Picture

I stood before her portrait
In silence and in pain.
And as I stood there dreaming.
She started living again.
Her lips began to fashion
The smile that once was mine
And tinged with pain and passion
Her dark eyes began to shine
And as I gazed in wonder
My tears began to flow
I can’t believe that I lost you
So many years ago


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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