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Winter music: the best pieces inspired by the coldest season
There’s nothing cosy about Schubert’s song cycle ‘Winterreise’ (Winter Journey). The protagonist is leaving his home because the girl he hoped to marry has rejected him. And things only go downhill from there, until, in the final song, he meets a hurdy-gurdy player (‘No one listens to him/ No one notices him/ And the dogs growl’). He walks into the landscape with him.