Winterreise

Winterreise

Schubert’s Winterreise, or Winter’s Journey, tells the profound tale of an emblematic wanderer who struggles through a frozen landscape of death. Related through 24 hypnotic melodies set to the haunting poems of Wilhelm Müller (a tradition known as lieder for single singer and piano), the song cycle captures a time of immense repression of the individual following the restoration of the Empires of monarchical power in Europe.

Written on his deathbed, Schubert’s songs focus on the emotions felt and experienced by an individual as he toils through crushing despair and snowy climes, only for his solitary search to end in a transcendental encounter with an old organ grinder.