91. Die Schöne Müllerin
- Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795, Op. 25
Schubert’s song cycle Die schöne Müllerin is a supreme accomplishment: one of the very first song cycles written, and still one of the most respected. Our narrator begins as a wanderer, without destination, but when a brook leads him to the miller’s beautiful young daughter, he is immediately taken. Yearning gives way to infatuation, a brief and nearly wordless meeting, the joy of possession, and shortly thereafter suspicion, jealousy, and despair. His final dialogue with the flowing brook haunts the listener long after the last notes sound.