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The Town (1828) D957

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Swansong (D957)

The Town

Just there on the horizon,
That misty, distant glow
All shimmering in the twilight
The town I used to know
A ghostly breeze from nowhere
Disturbed the slate-grey sea
With each of my boatman’s oar-strokes
The town came nearer to me
The sun I thought had vanished
Suddenly shone once again
And lit the place precisely
Where once I loved, loved in vain.

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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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