Wilhelm Müller

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Müller, Wilhelm


Born Oct. 7, 1794, in Dessau; died there Sept. 30, 1827. German author.

The son of a shoemaker, Müller studied philology, philosophy, and history at the University of Berlin. He served in the Prussian Army during the war against Napoleon (1813–14). In 1816 he published his Anthology of Minnesingers, a collection of poetry inspired by ancient German love songs. He published his impressions of travels in Italy in his epistolary work Rome, Roman Men and Women (vols. 1–2, 1820). Between 1821 and 1824, Müller published well-known cycles of poems about the plight of Greece under the Turkish yoke. He was the author of more than 300 epigrams in the spirit of Goethe’s and Schiller’s Xenien.


Gedichte. Berlin, 1906.
In Russian translation:
Kolomiitsev, V. Teksty pesen F. Shuberta. Leningrad, 1933.


Arnold, R. F. “W. Müller und seine Freunde.” Euphorion, 1896, supplement 2.
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It remains unclear whose obsession noted in the title is anatomized, but readers expecting to learn more about Schubert's Winter Journey will soon learn that one can write a 500-page small but surprisingly heavy book about the twenty-four songs Schubert set to the poetry of Wilhelm Muller and yet rarely address the relationship of music and text.
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Through poems by Wilhelm Muller, Winterreise tells of a jilted lover journeying through a cold, wintry landscape, revisiting his love experience in flashbacks, seeking escape and ultimately death by the end.
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Winter Journey echoes the posthumous works of its principal precursors, Wilhelm Muller's poetry volume Die Winterreise, and the famous song cycle Schubert fashioned from it.
Dieter Borchmeyer's essay on Wilhelm Muller offers only a short introduction, thereby ignoring the extensive literature on the outsider who in Rom, Romer und Romerinnen portrayed the Eternal City and its inhabitants as very real, sometimes even too real for art-seeking German visitors.
She began by trying to match each painting to a different song, but found as she went on that Wilhelm Muller's poems, set to music by Schubert, were just too depressing and unrepresentative of her own view of winter.