Schubert sets a text by Goethe
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Schubert: 20 facts about the great composer
4. Schubert sets a text by Goethe
Schubert wrote his first masterpiece at 17 – a setting of Goethe’s 'Gretchen am Spinnrade' (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel). Already the composer was making the piano part an integral element of the song. The accompaniment mimics the revolving wheel, speeding up and slowing down in response to the text.