Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Wilhelm Müller wrote the Winterreise poems when he was 30.
He died three years later, in 1827.
In 1827, at age 30, Franz Schubert composed Winterreise.
He died a year later.
Hans Hotter first recorded the songs at age 34 (in 1943).
In 1943, at age 17, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau gave his first public performance.
He sang Schubert's Winterreise.
Five years later, he recorded the songs for the first time.
Fischer-Dieskau championed the songs throughout his career, recording them close to a dozen times.
Now 80, he acknowledges "the young Hotter" as a personal favorite.
Among the more contemporary performers, Matthias Goerne tackled Winterreise when he, too, was barely 30.

Is there a Winterreise for our time? Wer ist Müller? Wer ist Schubert? We thirty-somethings wait anxiously...


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