Winterreise : autograph manuscript, 1827 Feb.

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Accession number: 
Cary 215
Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828.
Biographical Data: 
Austrian composer.
Winterreise : autograph manuscript, 1827 Feb.
Uniform title: 
1827 Feb.
Curatorial Comments: 

For Winterreise, Schubert returned to the poetry of Wilhelm Müller (1794-1827), whose texts were the subject of his earlier song cycle Die schöne Müllerin (1823). Suffering from syphilis and near the end of his life, Schubert set the twenty-four texts as a cycle in which a wanderer through a winter's landscape traces themes of love, loss, and emptiness.
The autograph manuscript consists of two parts: part one shows heavily emended versions, whereas part two is entirely final copy. In "Frühlingstraum" (Dream of Springtime), the singer dreams of his lost love. With the many revisions visible in the manuscript, we can witness Schubert in the process of creating the work.


P. 1: "Winterreise von Wilh. Müller Febr. 1827 Frz. Schubert mpria." At the top of p. 43: "Die Post. : Fortsetzung der Winterreise :von Wilhl Müller. Oct. 1827. Frz Schubert mpria."


Song cycle with piano.
Text by Wilhelm Müller.


Carl Haslinger; Carl Meinert; Siegfried Ochs; Louis Koch (Catalogue, no. 159).

Associated names: 

Müller, Wilhelm, 1794-1827.
Haslinger, Carl, 1816-1868, former owner.
Meinert, Carl, former owner.
Ochs, Siegfried, former owner.
Koch, Louis, 1862-1930, former owner.