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Elisabeth Kulmann

(1808- 1825)

Elisabeth Kulmann was Russian, German and Italian poet and translator.

She was born in the Russian Empire in a large family of Boris Fedorovich, and Mary (née Rosenberg) Kulmann, of German origin. Father, collegiate councilor and a retired captain, died early. The family lived on Vasilyevsky Island in St. Petersburg. As a child, she has shown phenomenal philological abilities, learning ancient and modern languages under the direction of Karl Grosgeynrikh.

Fluent in 11 languages, she wrote over 1,000 poems before her death at age 17. Robert Schumann considered her a wunderkind and set some of her poems to music including "Mailied" ["May Song"] and "An den Abendstern" ["To the Evening Star"].

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Related Songs

Composed Title Composer
Mond, meiner Seele Liebling (Op. 104 no.1) Robert Schumann
Viel Glück zur Reise, Schwalben! (Op. 104 no.2) Robert Schumann
Du nennst mich armes Mädchen (Op. 104 no.3) Robert Schumann
Der Zeisig (Op. 104 no.4) Robert Schumann
Reich mir die Hand, o Wolke (Op.104 no.5) Robert Schumann
Die letzten Blumen starben (Op. 104 no.6) Robert Schumann
Gekämpft hat meine Barke (Op. 104 no.7) Robert Schumann
Mailied (Op. 103 no.1) Robert Schumann
Frühlingslied (Op. 103 no.2) Robert Schumann
An die Nachtigall (Op. 103 no.3) Robert Schumann
An den Abendstern (Op. 103 no.4) Robert Schumann