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Classical music inspired by flowers
20. Schubert, Heidenröslein
Love and thinly veiled flower metaphors seem to be fairly common in German Romantic poetry, and this text by Goethe is no exception. A pretty red rose, representing a woman, puts up a fight after a young man threatens to pick it. Unsurprisingly, set to music by a man in 1815, the 'rose' eventually gives in to the man's advances.