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Die Frühlingslüfte bringen (1851) Op.112


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Der Rose Pilgerfahrt I (Op. 112)


Die Frühlingslüfte bringen

Frauenchor:
Die Frühlingslüfte bringen
Den Liebesgruss der Welt,
Des Eises Bande springen,
Es grünt das öde Feld.
Die ersten Blumen tauchen
Aus Grünem Wiesenplan,
Und schau’n mit Kindesaugen
Uns frühlingskälbig an.
Im maiengrünen Kleide,
Mit Blüten reich gestickt,
Hat sich zur Osterfreude
Ein jeder Baum geschmückt
O sel’ge Frühlingszeit!
Du trocknest stille Tränen,
Die unsres Herzens Sehnen
Geweint im tiefsten Leid.
In manche Winterbrust
Tönt auch dein Sonntagsläuten,
Und mancher Keim der Freuden
Erwacht zu neuer Lust.

The spring breezes carry

Chorus of women:
The spring breezes carry
The world’s greeting of love.
The shackles of ice are breaking,
The barren field is turning green.
The first flowers emerge
From the green expanse of the meadow,
And with childlike eyes they gaze
At us like calves in springtime.
In a chartreuse garment
Richly embroidered with blossoms,
Every tree has adorned itself
For the joy of Eastertide.
O blessed Springtime!
You dry the silent tears
That the longings of our hearts
Have shed in deepest sorrow.
In many a wintry breast
Your Sunday chimes are sounding too,
And many a seed of happiness.
Is awakening to new joy.
Translations by Sharon Krebs first published in 2009 at lieder.net, and reprinted by Carus-Verlag

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Composer

Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.

Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as KinderszenenAlbum für die JugendBlumenstück, the Sonatas and Albumblätter are among his most famous. His writings about music appeared mostly in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded.

In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favor of Clara and Robert. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career as a pianist, the earnings from which formed a substantial part of her father's fortune.

Schumann suffered from a lifelong mental disorder, first manifesting itself in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode, which recurred several times alternating with phases of ‘exaltation’ and increasingly also delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to amental asylum, at his own request, in Endenich near Bonn. Diagnosed with "psychotic melancholia", Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness.

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