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August 3, 2017

During his short life Schubert wrote over 600 art songs and that output consists of the three main cycles – Dir Schöne Müllerin op.25 (The Beautiful Miller’s Daughter), Winterreise and Schwanengesang D.957, (Swan Song) and countless other songs where the text (poems) are placed into a musical context, written for voice and the equal partnership of a piano, with the piano writing suggesting strong visual imagery tied to the inherent meaning of the poem. Winterreise, is a set of 24 songs composed almost entirely using minor keys.

Completed in 1827, towards the end of Schubert’s life, again using poems by Wilhelm Müller, Winterreise reflects some of the personal trauma that Schubert himself was experiencing at the time. After years of a rather debauched life Schubert had contracted syphilis, the disease, or perhaps the treatment for the disease, which was ultimately responsible for his death in 1828 at the age of 31. He described Winterreise as being ‘truly terrible, songs which have affe...

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