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Auf dem Wasser zu singen

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' (To sing on the water), D. 774, is a Lied composed by Franz Schubert in 1823, based on the poem of the same name by Friedrich Leopold zu Stolberg-Stolberg.

The text describes a scene on the water from the perspective of the narrator who is in a boat, and delves into the narrator's reflections on the passing of time. The song's piano accompaniment recreates the texture of the shimmering waves (') mentioned in the third line of the poem and its rhythmic style in the 6/8 meter is reminiscent of a barcarole. Harmonically, the song as a whole and within each stanza traces a movement from the minor mode to the major mode: the song begins in A-flat minor and ends in A-flat major.

Franz Liszt transcribed the piece for solo piano, S. 558.

The song was used on the albums 'Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments' (1973) and 'Classical Barbra' (1976), and in the films 'The Adventures of Milo and Otis' (1986), 'Battle Royale' (2000) and 'Things to Come' (2016).



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