“If I could provide the melodies, my songs would be more pleasing than they are now. But courage! Perhaps there is a kindred spirit somewhere who will hear the tunes behind the words and give them back to me.” Thus lamented Wilhelm Müller, the young Prussian author who created the poetic cycle that Franz Schubert used for Die schöne Müllerin in 1823. By 1828, when Schubert used another of Müller’s cycles to create his masterpiece,Winterreise, the poet had died without ever having known his true “kindred spirit”.
June 1, 2006